Trisomy 18 (cont.)
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
David Perlstein, MD, MBA, FAAP
Dr. Perlstein received his Medical Degree from the University of Cincinnati and then completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital, Cornell medical Center in New York City. After serving an additional year as Chief Pediatric Resident, he worked as a private practitioner and then was appointed Director of Ambulatory Pediatrics at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx.
In this Article
- Trisomy 18 facts
- What is trisomy 18?
- What are the chromosome basics of trisomy 18?
- What are the characteristic signs and symptoms of trisomy 18?
- How common is trisomy 18?
- How is trisomy 18 diagnosed?
- Can people with trisomy 18 survive to adulthood?
- Is there any treatment for trisomy 18?
- Find a local Doctor in your town
Can people with trisomy 18 survive to adulthood?
Survival to adulthood is extremely rare in trisomy 18. However, a few reports have described individuals who survived to the teen or early adult years. These young adults require supportive caregiving and are not able to live independently.
Is there any treatment for trisomy 18?
Treatment for trisomy 18 is supportive, meaning that the condition cannot be cured, and treatments are directed at prolonging survival and managing complications. Common treatment measures include nutritional support, treatment of infections, transfusions for low blood cell counts, and medications such as diuretics and/or digoxin to manage heart failure. Heart failure and pneumonia are common causes of death in people with trisomy 18.
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"What Is Trisomy 18?" Trisomy 18 Foundation. 2010. <http://www.trisomy18.org/site/PageServer?pagename=whatisT18_whatis>.
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