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What is Edwards Syndrome or Trisomy 18 and how is it treated?

Edwards Syndrome, also known as Trisomy 18, is a disease caused by a Chromosomal Alteration, in this case, the person has an extra chromosome on the 18th pair.

Every March 18, World Edwards Syndrome or Trisomy 18 Day is commemorated in order to share with the world population information about this genetic disease that is caused by a Chromosome Alteration. Early diagnosis is necessary to improve the lives of those who suffer from it.

Edwards syndrome or Trisomy 18

Human beings are born with 46 chromosomes that we receive from both the father and the mother; however, when the genetic load is greater, there is a genetic alteration or disorder. Edwards Syndrome is also known as Trisomy 18 since children born with an extra chromosome on the 18th pair.

Treatment for Edwards Syndrome

In the brain of children born with this condition, there is a list of conditions that they are prone to suffer from such as Heart Problems, Damage to the Intestinal System and Malformations that Produce Cognitive and Physical Delays.

Although there is no specific treatment, children born with this condition can lead a good quality of life and with the most recent medical advances they can be offered encouraging hope. It is recorded that some of them live beyond 10 years with this disease.

Edwards Syndrome must be diagnosed before the baby is born and, if it receives appropriate treatment at an early age, parents can guarantee a good future. despite the respective challenges of the condition that mainly have to do with social stigmas. This is precisely why World Edwards Syndrome Day is also important to raise awareness.

One of the cases that has most impacted the world of medicine is that of Franchesca, a girl born with this condition who is now three years old, since she is a survivor of what some doctors consider to be “a congenital anomaly incompatible with life.” Their life is irrefutable proof that there is hope for them and their families.

Commemorate World Edwards Syndrome or Trisomy 18 Day

Around 7,000 people around the world are affected with this syndrome. which has not stopped research to find the best treatment to help those who suffer from it. Most patients lose their lives at a very young age, however, advances have shown that Diagnosis before birth and treatment during the first months of life make a significant difference.

To commemorate World Edwards Syndrome or Trisomy 18 Day, use social networks and show your solidarity and support with those who suffer from it, share this information which will help more people to be informed and aware of this condition.

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