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Problems with blood in children with Down syndrome are rare. It is important to understand these conditions though. Read this document to learn more about reasons and ways to check your child’s blood.
Transient Myeloproliferative Disorder (TMD) happens when blood cells are not made normally.
Leukemia is a type of cancer that happens when there are too many immature white blood cells. Sometimes the mechanisms that control how many of each type of cell the body produces don’t work right. This happens when one or more of our genes changes the genetic code. These genes are often found on chromosome 21 in patients with leukemia. Because people with Down syndrome have an extra copy of chromosome 21, they are more likely to have the mutated genes that cause leukemia.
We do not routinely screen children for leukemia unless they have had TMD as a baby. However, you should contact your child’s doctor if you notice your child has any of the following signs:
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