Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) Index

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Trisomy 18, also known as Edwards syndrome, is a rare genetic disorder that causes severe birth defects in newborns. Signs and symptoms of trisomy 18 include heart and kidney defects, clenched fists, abnormalities of craniofacial structures, and more. Many times, cases of trisomy 18 are diagnosed in utero with the use of pregnancy screening tests. Treatment of the condition is aimed at improving the quality of life for affected infants. The average lifespan for an affected infant is 3 days to 2 weeks.

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