How Down Syndrome is Diagnosed

Down Syndrome can be diagnosed either during pregnancy through testing or right after birth. The doctor will order a chromosome test called a karyotype if he or she feels it is necessary to do so due to the facial and psychical features of the baby. The facial and psychial characteristics consist of the shape of the babies eye will be turned up instead of down, flat profile, protrudent tongue which is when the baby sticks his or her tongue out, single palmer crease and hypotonia which affects the muscle in the body.

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