Very low birth weight Down syndrome infants at high risk for heart, lung disorders – 2
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Researchers have found that very low brith weight Down syndrome infants have more than twice the risk of death. Dr. Rosemary Higgins at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development explains the findings.
Higgins: The Down syndrome babies have a 38 percent death rate compared to a death rate of 19 percent in the babies without a chromosomal abnormality. Approximately almost half of the deaths in the Down syndrome babies are due to what's called congenital anomalies or abnormalities of the heart or the gastrointestinal tract and other associated abnormalities.
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