Trisomy 18

Treatment

Is there a treatment for Trisomy 18?

There is no treatment that can cure Trisomy 18. However, some specific health problems faced by babies and children with Trisomy 18 do have treatments available. For example, your healthcare provider can help you find services to improve feeding ability or talk about the option of feeding through a tube directly into the stomach. Some babies with breathing difficulties may need a machine to help them receive enough oxygen as well. Surgical intervention may be an option in situations where a baby has a heart defect or other birth defect. Other supportive services and therapies, like physical therapy or individualized education plans, may be helpful to some children as well. Support organizations such as SOFT and UNIQUE have very useful websites that discuss treatments for specific health problems and day-to-day living issues that have worked for their children with Trisomy 18 or a related issue. One such page can be reached at the SOFT "Helpful Information" page at http://trisomy.org/?page_id=5089.

References
  • http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/trisomy-18-syndrome/
  • Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Dec;24(6):672-8. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e3283595031.Perspectives on the care and management of infants with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13: striving for balance.Carey JC1
  • SOFT "Helpful Information" page at http://trisomy.org/?page_id=5089
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Will babies with Trisomy 18 require surgery?

Will babies with Trisomy 18 require surgery?

Some babies with Trisomy 18 will require surgery. Whether surgery is recommended may depend on the overall health of the child. Possible surgery may be needed to correct heart, kidney, or other problems.

References
  • http://rarediseases.org/rare-diseases/trisomy-18-syndrome/
  • Curr Opin Pediatr. 2012 Dec;24(6):672-8. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0b013e3283595031.Perspectives on the care and management of infants with trisomy 18 and trisomy 13: striving for balance.Carey JC1

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