Diagnosis InformationTrisomy 21 (Down syndrome)

What is Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome)?

Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) is a chromosomal disorder caused by an error in cell division that results in the presence of an additional third chromosome 21. It is the most frequent genetic cause of mild to moderate cognitive disabilities and is highly associated with several medical conditions including heart defects, congenital hypothyroidism, intestinal problems, hearing loss and vision disorders, and early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

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