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What are the treatment options for chromosomal disorders?

Because chromosomal disorders affect a person's genetic makeup, they cannot actually be corrected through treatment. However, there are some treatment options that can make life easier for people with specific chromosomal disorders. Injected growth hormones, hormone replacement therapies, and occupational or physical therapy can help treat symptoms and issues connected with some chromosomal genetic disorder.

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Chromosomal Disorders

The human body has 23 pairs of chromosomes: 22 pairs of autosomes and 1 pair of sex chromosomes. This gives humans 46 chromosomes in total. Every chromosome contains hundreds to thousands of your genes. Genes provide instructions ...

ns for building proteins that help bodies grow and function properly. Chromosomal genetic disorders occur when chromosomes are partially or completely missing, altered or duplicated. An example of a chromosomal genetic disorder is Down syndrome. Down syndrome is the result of an extra, third copy of chromosome 21 being present in a person. This extra chromosome results in extra protein production and upsets the body’s balanced systems. During pregnancy chromosomal abnormalities can cause the death of an embryo or fetus. Chromosomal disorders can result in mental retardation or other developmental problems. Older pregnant women have a higher risk of passing on chromosomal genetic disorders.
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