Down Syndrome


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Expiration Date

28 Feb 2026

Last Reviewed

1 Mar 2023

Estimated Time To Finish

90 Minutes

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Activity Description

Down syndrome (trisomy 21) is a genetic disorder caused by the presence of all or a portion of a third chromosome 21. Patients typically present with mild to moderate intellectual disability, growth retardation, and characteristic facial features. This activity reviews the evaluation and management of Down syndrome and explains the role of the interprofessional team in improving care for patients with this condition.

Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Describe the etiology of Down syndrome.
  • Identify atrial septal defects as the most common cardiac abnormalities in patients with Down syndrome.
  • Summarize the use of ultrasound, amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling in the pre-natal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
  • Outline the importance of collaboration and communication among the interprofessional team to enhance the delivery of care and improve outcomes for patients affected by Down syndrome.


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Continuing Education Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Pathology
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology
  • Soft Tissue & Bone
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics

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  • Name: 'Brushfield_eye_crop.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by Wikimedia Commons, Szymon Tomczak (Public Domain)
  • Name: 'Newborn_with_Down_Syndrome.jpg' Attribution: Contributed by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention -- ID# 2634/Dr. Godfrey P. Oakley (Public Domain)
  • Name: 'Down_Syndrome_Karyotype.png' Attribution: Contributed by The National Human Genome Research Institute, Human Genome Project
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Gibi G. on 11/12/2021

please limit the number of questions for feedback. it takes more time to do this than going through questions for the topic.

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well done

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