Down Syndrome And Physical Condition

The best person to answer a question about Down syndrome is a person with Down syndrome. Valerie answers this one.


Down syndrome may cause low muscle tone, potential heart complications, and vision issues.

The sole characteristic shared by all persons with Down syndrome is the presence of extra genetic material associated with the 21st chromosome. The effects of that extra genetic material vary greatly from individual to individual. Persons with Down syndrome may be predisposed to certain illnesses and medical conditions that are also present in the general population.

Down syndrome, in and of itself, is not a medical condition and therefore should not prohibit a successful application for or access to medical services, insurance and treatments.

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