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Symptoms are the result of problems in the genetic structure of a baby’s chromosomes. Chromosomes are the packages of genes and other DNA found in the nucleus of a cell.

There are many different types of syndromes that can result from chromosomal abnormalities. Each has its own specific symptoms, which can include unusual features, poor growth, intellectual disability , learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and problems with organ systems such as digestive disorders or heart defects.

In a couple attempting to conceive, the occurrence of at least two miscarriages may be another symptom of chromosomal abnormality. Talk to your doctor about conducting an investigation of your chromosomes. This investigation comes back normal in most cases. If the results are not normal, you and your partner should meet with a geneticist.

References:

Chromosome abnormalities. National Human Genome Research Institute website. Available at: http://www.genome.gov/11508982 . Updated October 13, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2013.



Last reviewed July 2013 by Kari Kassir, MD; Michael Woods, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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