Edwards Syndrome Background
Trisomy 18 is a genetic condition that results due to specific chromosomal abnormalities. Infants who are diagnosed with Edwards syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 18 in their cells. This causes severe complications, including mental retardation and fatal health consequences. The large majority of children who are diagnosed with this condition do not live to be six months old. There is no treatment available for this condition, and only one percent of affected children reach ten years of age.
Trisomy 18 Symptoms
Edwards syndrome is a devastating condition that causes severe medical complications and notable physical deformities. Children who are diagnosed with this condition rarely reach one year of age. Edward syndrome is extremely detrimental to a child's health. It causes a variety of serious internal complications, which impact vital organs. Many children with this condition die from heart complications, resulting from artery constriction and heart disease. Problems with the kidneys are also common.