• Symptoms of Chromosomal Abnormalities

    Symptoms are the result of problems in the genetic structure of a baby’s chromosomes, 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 intellectual disability , learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and problems with organ systems (eg, digestive disorders).
    In a couple attempting to conceive, the occurrence of at least two miscarriages 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.

    References

    Chromosomal abnormalities. March of Dimes website. Available at: http://www.marchofdimes.com/professionals/14332%5F1209.asp . Accessed September 5, 2005.

    Chromosomal abnormalities. The Merck Manual website. Available at: http://www.merck.com/mrkshared/mmanual/section19/chapter261/261l.jsp . Accessed September 4, 2005.

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