Down Syndrome Common Health Problems

A variety of health conditions are often seen in people who have Down Syndrome, including:

  • Congenital heart disease – (heart disease that is present at birth)
  • Hearing problems
  • Intestinal problems, such as blocked small bowel or esophagus
  • Celiac disease (a digestive disease that damages the small intestine)
  • Eye problems, such as cataracts (a cloudiness in the lens of the eye)
  • Thyroid dysfunctions (problems with the gland that affects metabolism)
  • Skeletal problems
  • Dementia—similar to Alzheimer’s

Common Health Problems by Age Group:

Common Health Problems in Newborns with Down Syndrome

Common Health Problems in Young Children with Down Syndrome

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