Edwards syndrome

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Edwards syndrome


[After John H. Edwards (1928-2007), British geneticist who first reported the trisomy causing the syndrome.]
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I'm the father of a child who has a rare chromosomal disorder, trisomy-18. It affects about one in 5,000 births and leaves children with profound mental and physical disabilities.
Typical for trisomy-18 children, her head is small, her eyelids droop and her ears are low-set.
Overall, 21 (88%) of 24 trisomy-18 cases were detected by the screening, including 5 of 7 cases in women younger than age 35 and 16 of 17 cases in older women.