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CLINICAL ARTICLE
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 18-21

Edwards' syndrome: A case study


College of Nursing, Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, Dimapur, Nagaland, India

Correspondence Address:
Mrs. Cecilia Katasi
Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research, 4th Mile, P.O. ARTC, Post Box - 31, Dimapur, Nagaland
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/IJCN.IJCN_11_19

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Edwards' syndrome, also known as trisomy 18, is a rare genetic disorder caused by the presence of extra 18th chromosome. Most babies with this condition die before or shortly after being born. Some children with this disorder rarely may survive beyond 1 year or into adulthood. Their growth and development is severely hampered. They have severe mental and life-threatening physical disabilities. A child with trisomy 18 is usually born with low birth weight, associated with heart defects and other abnormalities such as micrognathia, clenched fist with overlapping fingers, short sternum and club foot. There is no definitive treatment for babies with Edwards' syndrome. It is very challenging and difficult for parents to take care of a child with trisomy 18, so it is important for parents to get support from healthcare providers to provide the best quality of life for the child.


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