21 March World Down Syndrome Day

Every March, 21 is celebrated as World Down Syndrome Day and activities are being held throughout to mark the day.

There is a different reason why the events are held on March 21.

The fact that the 21st chromosome has 3 instead of 2 chromosomes, makes the numbers 21 and 3 special in the calendar. That’s why World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated on March 21.

Down Syndrome is a chromosomal abnormality. While the number of chromosomes in an ordinary human body is 46, the number of chromosomes in individuals with Down Syndrome is 47. It occurs when an extra chromosome is included in the 21st chromosome pair as a result of incorrect division during cell division. For this reason, Down Syndrome is also known as Trisomy 21.

In the formation of Down Syndrome; There is no difference in country, nationality, socio-economic status.

The only factor known to cause Down Syndrome is the age of pregnancy, the risk increases as the age of pregnancy progresses.

In our country, mothers are informed about foetal anomalies such as Down Syndrome and screening tests for chromosomal disorders and USG examinations, and necessary guidance is provided.

It occurs on average one in every 800 births.

There are around 6 million individuals with Down Syndrome all over the world.

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