What are the complications of Down syndrome?

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Down syndrome can be associated with a number of birth defects, especially heart defects. People with Down syndrome nearly always have some mental disability. They are also more likely to develop certain diseases later in life, including thyroid disorders, leukemia, dementia or problems with hearing or vision.

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