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Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) and Premature Birth

By February 20, 2014

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Alma, a baby born with trisomy 18.

Trisomy 18, also called Edwards syndrome, is a genetic disorder that can cause premature birth and a number of severe health problems. Babies born with trisomy 18 have a low survival rate, and most die before birth or within the first week of life. In some babies with trisomy 18, surgery and supportive medical care can prolong life into early childhood or the teen years.

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February 25, 2014 at 8:11 pm
(1) eileen says:

my grandson was born 24th week at 1 lb 8 oz.. he had slight brain bleeding, immature lungs and heart treated with steroids, ecoli infections that resulted in 3 operations- 2 for blockage and resection and one for adhesions, ROP in his eyes from oxygen, his was treated with cancer fighting drug then lazar, and has been given a mostly good eyesight….we thought he would succumb to infection for nearly 5 months…he is now a year old and is learning to sit..he is happy and is patient and calm and takes his playtime very serious. so we thought we were out of the woods. the other day his bottom teeth came through and they are jade green in color. I read that this is from the severe jaundice he had -hyper bilirubinemia. so now we need to find a specialist in dentistry to see what if anything can be done …have you had any experience with this?

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