Beth Walsh, MA
Symptoms are the result of problems in the genetic structure of a baby’s chromosomes. Chromosomes are the packages of genes and other DNA found in the nucleus of a cell.
There are many different types of syndromes that can result from chromosomal abnormalities. Each has its own specific symptoms, which can include
unusual features, poor growth,
intellectual disability, learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and problems with organ systems such as digestive disorders or heart defects.
For a couple attempting to conceive, the occurrence of at least 2
may be another symptom of chromosomal abnormality. Talk to your doctor about conducting an investigation of your chromosomes. This investigation comes back normal in most cases. If the results are not normal, you and your partner should meet with a geneticist.
Chromosome abnormalities. National Human Genome Research Institute website. Available at:
http://www.genome.gov/11508982. Updated January 6, 2016. Accessed June 6, 2016.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Kari Kassir, MD
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