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ERIC Number: EJ830595
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0968-7912
Medical Conditions and Medication Use in Adults with Down Syndrome: A Descriptive Analysis
Kerins, Gerard; Petrovic, Kimberly; Bruder, Mary Beth; Gruman, Cynthia
Down Syndrome Research and Practice, v12 n2 p141-147 Oct 2008
Background: We examined the presence of medical conditions and medication use within a sample of adults with Down syndrome. Methods: Retrospective chart review using a sample of 141 adults with Down syndrome and age range of 30 to 65 years. Results: We identify 23 categories of commonly occurring medical conditions and 24 categories of medications used by adults with Down syndrome. Conclusion: Approximately 75 of older adults with Down syndrome in our sample experience memory loss and dementia. Hypothyroidism, seizures, and skin problems also occur commonly. The prevalence of cancer (i.e., solid tumours) and hypertension is extremely low. Older adults with Down syndrome use anticonvulsant more often than younger adults with Down syndrome. The use of multivitamins and medications such as pain relievers, prophylactic antibiotics, and topical ointments is common. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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