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Hi, guys. My colleague got a baby, but she has a genetic disorder. At first, I thought it was Down syndrome, but it is something else. I think it is called patau syndrome. Can anyone tell me what this is all about? How long is life expectancy? This is something that I am interested in.

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Hi, there. Patau syndrome indeed exists. Unlike Down syndrome where you have trisomy of 21st pair of chromosome, in Patau you have trisomy of the 13th pair. The prognosis and life expectancy for Patau are worse than for Down. These kids’ life expectancy is the age of 10. At least this is an average value. They die due to difficult heart defects or neurological abnormalities. I am sorry that your colleague has to deal with this. I hope this will be helpful to you. Bye!
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