Mrs. V, a healthy 45-year-old woman, gives birth to a child. There are no outward complications associated with the birth but, when examined by the pediatrician, the child exhibits abnormal facies, a single palmar crease, hypotonic muscles, and loose pelvic joints. Following chromosomal analysis, a diagnosis of Down syndrome is made.
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Discussion Questions (Provide answers based on evidence and reference your responses using APA format)
* Discuss the cause of Down syndrome.
* What risks factors exist in the family history? Why are these thought to be risk factors?
* Discuss further characteristics that the child may show as he gets older.
McCance, K. L., & Huether, S, E. (2014). 7th ed. Pathophysiology: The Biologic Basis for Disease in Adults and Children. Elsevier Inc. ISBN: 978-0-323-08854-1