For the past 50 years, medical technology has drastically improved and created the ability to observe abnormal fetal characteristics through the use of modern techniques, such as ultrasound and aneuploidy screenings. Once the child is born, some characteristics of humans …show more content…
The skin also often has a slight dirtyyellowish tint and has elasticity deficiency, which creates the appearance that it is too large for the body .
Fortunately, with the advancements in the medical field, life expectancy for individuals affected with this disorder has continuously increased over the years. While it was previously thought that individuals with Down syndrome would not have an adequate lifespan, more than half of the individuals affected now are expected to live to be older than 50 years of age. The primary cause of death among individuals is the occurrence of heart problems. Various irregularities of chromosome 21 can lead to different forms of Down syndrome, and while some forms are more common than others, the lasting effect is still the same.