Trisomy 18 is also known as Edward’s syndrome and occurs when the child receives duplicated information from chromosome #18.
This disorder affects approximately 1 in every 3,000 babies and is more common in girls. Common symptoms of the disorder include mental retardation, kidney complications, low birth weight, coloboma, heart abnormalities, clenched hands, crossed legs, undescended testicles, small head and jaw and a malformed chest.
During pregnancy, a large uterus and excessive amounts of amniotic fluid can generally be noted. Most babies that are born with this disorder will die within the first few weeks of life and those that live beyond will need extensive amounts of medical care.
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124 days ago.
Hello fells mothers, my quad results came back today and DR said that I have elevated levels of T- 18 I am and have been a mess all day I am currently 19 weeks and can't imagine loosing this child. I have to go see a specialist for high res ultrasound and a amino. Has anyone here been told this and baby came fine? Please help I need answers
239 days ago.
He had T-18 and he did not make it :(
272 days ago.
I am almost 20 weeks pregnant and i have a close friend who is only nine weeks ahead Of me who just found out that her baby has a heart defect. This has been the first sign of any problem since ivf conception. This baby boy has not othe had any symptoms associated with any kind chromosome defect. Now we have this confirmed heart defect and the doctor said it may be trisomy 13,18, or 21. We are all crushed and consistently praying. My question to anyone here is haveyou ever heard of perfectly healthy fetus with no other symptoms be diagnosed with t-13,18 or 21 at 29 weeks?
788 days ago.
I just wanted you all to know I'm praying for you hearts and that God shows his peace that passes all understanding and love to each of you through your beautiful perfectly planed purposeful babies.
...my sweet little jonah sits in heaven in full healing from a syndrome called Zellwegers Syndrome. it is a chromosome issue with many of the common genetic issues that come with all genetic challenges.
*we praised God in the storm and prayed that God would allow us to get to know Jonahs beautiful personality before he went to heaven. We did! Jonah came alive and wowed us all for 3 months(he was very much low key his first 4 months). he got quiet after Christmas and fell sleep in my arms on the backyard swing and woke up in Jesus arms on Feb 4th 2011 at 8 months and 1 day. he fulfilled his beautiful purpose and was taken home(heaven) for full healing.
there is a beautiful plan and your babies are so much a part of it as are you ...as is my sweet jonah baby.
i'm praying so very much for each of you as you encounter a trying time.
817 days ago.
I wanted to leave a message here and say that you moms are very strong and give hope and a voice to those who find out news about a trisomy .it is so good to see people talking about their situations.support and kindness goes such a long way~from a mom(I have a friend who lost a baby to trisomy18.)
856 days ago.
I have a little boy with full trisomy 18. The doctors told us that he would abort during pregnancy and then he didnt, the night he was born they gave him one hour to live, then two days then two weeks and he is now 8 months old. He is doing everyting the doctors said he would never do. He really is our little miracle and the sunshine and light of our lives
870 days ago.
:( so sorry for her loss, and your's. Praying for your family.
877 days ago.
My SIL had her triosomy 18 baby boy today. he was about a month early and lived about an hour and a half. His big sister got to hold him and kiss him after he passed.
928 days ago.
Babyat39- I am so deeply sorry for your loss. That is extremely heartbreaking but I am glad to hear that he seemed at peace. It sounds like he was able to experience the joys of love and family before it was his time to go. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
929 days ago.
Update- baby Chase Andrew was born on October 28th at 9:45pm at 32 weeks and 4 days. The blood flow on ultrasound did not look good. He weighed 1lb. 13 oz. and was 13 inches long. He was absolutely adorable!! Our family was there at the hospital and everyone got to hold and kiss him. He lived for 2 hours and 5 minutes. We were so overjoyed to meet him-he never looked to be in any pain at all.He is now a Saint in Heaven! I am so happy for the time we had with him. It was worth carrying him and we will never regret our decision to carry him until Jesus called him home! Thank you everyone for your prayers. We are healing. I feel him with me constantly and it is such a comfort.....
934 days ago.
I am so sorry for all I am 40 years old and this is my 1st, I received my quad results yesterday and said was high risk; luckily I dont have to wait too long b/c my level 2 u/s was already scheduled for thursday! i was 1-96 and 1-100 would have been negative.. crying all the way from dr home. I am mesuring everywhere I am supposed to and heartbeat that has been present since 6 weeks is strong @ 148-154 bpm. Fingers crossed for tomorrow but will accept my little bugger no matter what!
936 days ago.
Babyat39- My heart breaks for you. Praying for you, Chase and your family as you go through this.
936 days ago.
update on Chase-I am 32 weeks and 1 day and this little boy is a fighter! I feel pretty good. I pray a lot and have such great family support. GOD has helped me to hold it all together. I will do whatever I can for my boy!C-section is planned for Dec. 13th, but starting this Thurs. I will have weekly NST's and an ultrasound. At the first sign that things go downward, they will do my c-section, so it could be at any time.
940 days ago.
I feel for you ladies. My SIL is about 6 months now with a trisomy 18 little boy. This is their second child and they tried for over 2 yrs for him. What makes it worse is that I am pregnant too and my baby will live while little Wesley will not. I love my nephew so much and wish with all my heart that this disorder didnt exist. I am praying for him and all babies like him. Good luck ladies, you are so strong
955 days ago.
babyat39- praying for you. I am waiting now for results on the 18 test. So far the initial test came back negative, but there is still a chance. Thinking of you and Chase.
955 days ago.
Just an update-I am now 29 weeks along with Chase. He is 5 weeks behind (1lb. 12 oz) but I measure 8 mos. because of the extra amniotic fluid. He is a fighter! They still expect him to live only hours when he is born, if he doesn't pass be4 then. We love him so much!
1020 days ago.
My son, Chase Andrew, was diagnosed with Trisomy 18. He also has an Omphalocele, Spina Bifida, club foot and 2 holes in the heart. I just spent 3 days in the hospital because I was leaking amniotic fluid. It has stopped and my have been due to the Amniocentesis I had 4 days prior. We are carrying him to term. We have ups and downs (constantly), and look to the Lord for peace. Also, the support of our friends and family.
1038 days ago.
I have a question for everyone... I had a baby that was born with Trisomy 18 and I didn't know until she was 6 days old... While I was still pregnant there were a lot of signs... My first ultrasound I had an abnormally shaped egg yolk and they told me that put me at increased risk for miscarriage, then at the next one they told me that she had a choroid plexus cyst, and then I found out that she had Single umbilical artery, and she was not growing like a baby is supposed to... I would like to know with all of these things that went wrong, should my doctor have done an amniocentesis so I would have known about this before I had her?
1038 days ago.
I was on IAP about half the time I was pregnant... I have my baby may 27, 2010 she was diagnosed with t-18 when she was 6 days old and passed away on june 10, 2010. I just realized that there was a forum for this on IAP. I also made a caring bridge website for her at http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/braelynbrown/mystory
1390 days ago.
My Quad screen just came back indicating a high risk of T-18 ... I'm so-ooo frightened right now :( My heart truely goes out to you that have lost a child for ANY reason!! :o(
1440 days ago.
I lost my daughter at 20 weeks to Trisomy 18, That was one of the hardest things i went through. Now i am pregnant again and they said they will do all the testing for that at my 10 weeks (which i am at 7 now) and i will be very anxious to see what god has in store! to all the mommys out there, my thoughts and prayers go out to you
1481 days ago.
I lost my baby 10 days ago. Although she didn't have T-18 which they originally thought she did she actually had Triploidy. There isn't a section for this condition so I thought I would post my situation here. I am not making less of T-18, so please don't take offense to this. Triploidy is a complete extra set of chromosomes. Instead of 46 chromosomes she had 69. This happened because 2 sperm fertilized 1 egg. They told me she would not be compatible with life. Unfortunately 2 days after I got her diagnose I miscarried. I'm healing but I still find it hard to believe this happened. I hope for the best and that someday I'll have a healthy child again. No loss is easy no matter what the situation and if anyone ever is faced with a situation i'm always open to listen.
1514 days ago.
My mother had a baby that was born with Trisomy 18 about 4 years ago. We were well prepared because she found out quite early in her pregnancy. Funny how doctors dont sugar coat anything. They told us she wouldnt live long if at all. When she was born she did not look abnormal, in fact she looked just like any other baby. She was born 'still born'. It was a much more peaceful way to go then what we were expecting. I feel for any mother who has to go through this after watching my mother. She later had two miscarriages...both with trisomy 18.
1527 days ago.
Ladies my heart, thoughts and prayers go out to any of you mothers or mothers to be that has lost a child due to Trisomy 18. I lost my baby at 16 weeks due to Trisomy 18 in September 2007, before then, I lost my son at 26 weeks due to a twisted umbilical cord....but God turned around and blessed me with twin girls born on August 24, 2008 at 32 1/2 weeks with no complicatioms. My twin girls are now almost 7 months and healthy and I thank God each and every day for blessing me!! I have 2 angel boys watching over my family!! Much love ladies and many blessings to come!!!
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1639 days ago.
To all of you ladies with babies with Trisomy 18 or are still pregnant with babies with Trisomy 18 I feel for you. My cousin was born with T18 and the Dr's said she would never be born (she was) then they said she would not live to be 6 months (She did) then they said she would not make it to 1 ye then 2 yrs then 5 yrs then they admitted they had no idea!! She lived to be 9 yrs old but was in an infantile her whole life! We did not love her any less!! We too now have an angel watching over us her name was Arianna. We always just tryed to enjoy the time we had with her and love her as much as we could. Please try to stay positive, and know that when it comes to T18 there is not set of rules and when they say they do not know how long the child will live I have heard of people with T18 that have lived longer then 21 yrs (and that was back in 1995 she was 21 yrs lost track of her since then). All the best to you all!!
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