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ERIC Number: EJ830591
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7912
Medical Issues among Children and Teenagers with Down Syndrome in Hong Kong
Yam, Winnie Ka-Ling; Tse, Philomena Wan Ting; Yu, Chak Man; Chow, Chun Bong; But, Wai Man; Li, Kit Yu; Lee, Lai Ping; Fung, Eva Lai Wah; Mak, Pauline Pui Yee; Lau, Joseph Tak Fai
Down Syndrome Research and Practice, v12 n2 p138-140 Oct 2008
We examined the prevalence of medical problems in children and teenagers with Down syndrome in Hong Kong. Methods: Children with Down syndrome receiving care from seven regional hospitals were included and their hospital records were reviewed. A total of 407 patients, aged between 0.06 and 17.16 years were included. Cardiovascular problems were observed in 216 (53%), endocrine problems in 111 (27%), gastrointestinal problems in 46 (11%), haematological problems in 18 (4%), neurological problems in 27 (7%), sleep problems in 36 (9%), skeletal problems in 56 (14%), visual problems in 195 (48%) and auditory problems in 137 (34%). Conclusions: The prevalence of medical problems was high in children and teenagers with Down syndrome in Hong Kong and similar to previous findings elsewhere. Future studies on the local prevalence of medical problems in the adult population with Down syndrome would help to define their medical needs. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong