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During Pregnancy: Down Syndrome Occurence

By Nabta Team

Trisomy 21 or Down Syndrome is one of the more common genetic disorders caused by the presence of all or a part of a third copy of chromosome 21 (a normal child has only two copies of all chromosomes). Down Syndrome's incidence rate increases with the age of the mother. While the worldwide incidence is one in 1000 live births, it has been found to be more common in the Middle East with the average incidence rate being around one in 500 live births.

There is an unnecessary stigma associated with Down Syndrome as children with Down Syndrome live very fulfilling lives. If your ultrasound/ amniocentesis gives you this diagnosis for your baby, don’t despair. Talk to your doctor about how Down syndrome can affect your baby!

Source: Williams Obstetrics 24th Edition (2014)

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