Edwards Syndrome - Trisomy 18
This is the second most common autosomal trisomy and as with all trisomies incidence increase dramatically with maternal age. Some figures say that the cance of a mother age 20 having a baby affected by trisomy is 1/526, whereas if the mother is 45 the chance is now 1/25.
The symptoms are so severe that they often result in miscarriage. They include omphalocele (intestines outside body), joint malformation, musculoskeletal issues, septal defects, pharyngeal arch defects and undescended testicles in males.
The disease is relevant in Ireland due to a case brought before the European Court of Human Rights against Ireland on abortion. In 2001 a woman ”D” appealed as she was refused abortion when one of her twins died in utero and the other had Edward’s Syndrome. It was dismissed on the technicality of not being taken up by the high court first.
I will be using this blog to make my stance on abortion clear. I’m sorry if that offends some of my followers. However, I believe, as the next generation of medical professionals we have to understand the obstacles there are to overcome. This is of particular importance for me as I want to go into neonatal care.