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Croatian Medical Association - Rijeka branch
ISSN: 0025-7729
Vol. 41, No. 1, 2005, pp. 69-75
Bioline Code: me05009
Full paper language: Croatian
Document type: Research Article
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Medicina, Vol. 41, No. 1, 2005, pp. 69-75

Ingeborg Barišić


Down's syndrome is one of the most common causes of mental retardation. Although the understanding of its pathogenesis is still incomplete, there has been an improvement in understanding of the spectrum of medical issues related to this disorder. Medical management requires an organized multidisciplinary approach and anticipatory guidance in the treatment and prevention of clinical conditions that occur at a higher prevalence during the lifetime of a person with Down's syndrome. Current and comprehensive information about medical problems in individuals with trisomy 21 is of importance in counselling parents and planning health care provision. With new medical advances, early intervention, special educational programmes and proper health care services, the quality of life of individuals with Down's syndrome is considerably improved.

Down's syndrome, trisomy 21, health care

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