Trisomy 18, which is also known as Edwards Syndrome, is a rare complex disorder that may be identified in utero. This potentially fatal disorder happens when there is an error in chromosomes’ cell division, which disrupts the development pattern. Trisomy 18 identifies within the body as three copies of chromosome 18 which in causes organs to develop abnormally. Research indicates that Trisomy 18 is found in 1 out of 2500 pregnancies in the US and 1 out of 6000 live births.
How is Trisomy 18 Detected?
Trisomy 18 can be detected in utero by taking cells from the amniotic fluid or placenta, and then chromosomes will be analyzed for the disorder. This method is the most accurate and progressive. Trisomy can also be detected through an ultrasound; however, this is the least effective detection method. If Trisomy 18 is not diagnosed in utero but the Doctor suspects during live birth that the baby may have Trisomy, the Doctor will ask for a blood sample.
Life Expectancy of Trisomy 18
As Trisomy 18 can be a fatal disorder, many babies with do not survive birth. Stillborn babies can be a product of Trisomy. Boys are more likely to be stillborn and girls are more likely to live longer when carried full term. The small percentage of children that do survive into adulthood, will need pediatric care and private duty nursing assistance throughout their lives.
Children who experience this complex disorder often have some of the following problems:
- Cleft Palate
- Kidney, Lung, and Stomach Defects
- Severely Developmentally Delayed
- Slowed Growth Rates
- Feeding Challenges
- And more
Pediatric Home Care Services for Children with Trisomy 18
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for Edwards Syndrome, and treatment consists of supportive, compassionate health care to provide the child with the best possible quality of life.
Continuum Pediatric Nursing offers home care for children with Trisomy 18. Our dedicated team of RNs, LPNs, schedulers and case managers are committed to offering loving care in the home to ensure your child gets everything they need to be as comfortable and healthy as possible.
We’re careful to match the proper nurses to each family based on their experience and personality. Our nurses are trained on how to work harmoniously within a family dynamic and uphold professional standards
To learn more about the pediatric home care services available for children with Trisomy 18 – Edwards Syndrome, contact Continuum Pediatric Nursing today.