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Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) (cont.)

Characteristic Sings and Symptoms of Trisomy 18

Common birth defects in infants with trisomy 18 include a low birth weight; a small jaw and mouth; an abnormally shaped, small head; overlapping fingers and clenched fists; “rocker-bottom” feet; low-set ears; and defects in the heart and other organs. Surviving infants may display poor feeding, respiratory problems, delayed growth, and other life-threatening complications. Mental impairment is also characteristic of this syndrome.

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