Causes of the Down syndrome by the field of medicine

Response: Common Disorders
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Very comprehensive summary on DS. What is the life expectancy for someone with DS? I noticed in your description of symptoms, you mentioned tongues that stick out of their mouths. Their tongues are often very thick which may contribute to it sticking out of their mouths. They also have short stubby fingers and feet. What about their cognitive abilities?

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Description of the disorder

This is a genetic disorder caused when abnormal cell division results in an extra genetic material. The third copy of chromosome 21 is a presence. The disorder causes physical growth delays. This means that the IQ of a young child with the Down syndrome is 50, which is equivalent to the mental age of an 8 or 9 years old child. However, it varies widely from one child with the disorder to another. (Evans-Martin, F. F. 2009).

It happens that the parents of the affected individuals are typically genetically normal since the extra chromosomes do occur by random chances. The disorder though can be detected before a child is born. Sadly, there is no cure for the Down syndrome disorder.

Causes of the Down syndrome by the field of medicine

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It is caused by a problem with the baby’s chromosomes. A healthy person has got 46 chromosomes but in the case of an individual with Down syndrome, they have 47 chromosomes.

For a child to have the Down syndrome disorder, the child gets an extra chromosomes 21. It is this extra genetic material that causes the physical feature and developmental delays which are associated with the Down syndrome.

Causes and symptoms from friends and family members and what the general public concludes.


They believe that the disorder is a curse from God or rather a punishment that one is punished for his sins. Few believes that it is caused by someone getting pregnant at a late age.They believe that at the age of 35 years and above, one is likely to conceive a baby with the Down syndrome disorder.( Routh, K. 2004).

Others believe it to be an inheritance from the family members especially if there is a person, (can be a brother or sister) with the same disorder in the family.

Moreover, some believe the disorder to be caused by poor health diet when one was pregnant with the baby.


The following are some of the symptoms of an individual with the Down syndrome disorder. They include having;

a) Short neck

b) Small ears

c) Flat face

d) Small mouth

Response: Common Disorders