Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13
About Trisomy – Information and Options
“Trisomy” refers to three copies of a chromosome. As a baby’s cells form, the result of this genetic alteration is that each cell has 47 chromosomes instead of the typical 46 (23 from each parent). An extra 18th chromosome is Trisomy 18, an extra 13th chromosome is Trisomy 13, and so on.
Despite being labeled “incompatible with life” there are children with Trisomy diagnoses who have defied and continue to defy the odds. Be it hours, days, weeks, months or years, these children and their parents can have stories marked by love, joy and hope. Trisomy 18 and 13 are two of the most common life-limiting diagnoses we see at Abel Speaks, so we’ve included a brief overview of each below.
Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) is the second most common trisomy diagnosis after Trisomy 21 (Down syndrome), occurring in approximately 1 in 6,000 live births. It is three times more common in girls than boys and often accompanied by physical characteristics such as clenched fists with overlapping fingers, “rocker bottom” feet and low-set ears. Congenital heart defects can be a common challenge faced by children with Trisomy 18. Abel Crawford shared all of these characteristics. We’ve included a few photos of him below, as well as some other sweet children conceived with extra 18th chromosomes.
Trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome) is the next most common trisomy diagnosis after Trisomy 21 and Trisomy 18, occurring in approximately 1 in 10,000 live births and often accompanied by physical characteristics such as a cleft lip or palate. Congenital heart defects, kidney issues, and eye issues can be common challenges faced by children with Trisomy 13. Here are a few photos of children conceived with extra 13th chromosomes.
Trisomy Diagnosis and Options
A Trisomy diagnosis will likely limit the amount of time a parent has with their child, but as you can see, these children and their parents can have stories marked by love, joy and hope. These are life-limiting diagnoses, but they are not “incompatible with life.”
You have options and we are here to help. Contact us today for more information.
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