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Down syndrome in paediatric outpatient wards at Durban hospitals

Horacia Naidoo, Colleen Aldous, Hemendra Ramdhani, William Winship, Nadine Henriques, Emil Kormuth

Abstract


Down Syndrome paediatric patient care at three Durban hospitals were compared to American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations and that practiced by a Thailand hospital. 72 current patients were assessed via retrospective chart analysis and observations of routine clinical care using frequencies of screening tests and genetic counseling services as comparative measures. Thyroid function and antenatal counseling were conducted inconsistently. Subsequently, recommendations for efficient patient care were devised.

Authors' affiliations

Horacia Naidoo,

Colleen Aldous,

Hemendra Ramdhani,

William Winship,

Nadine Henriques,

Emil Kormuth,

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Keywords

Down Syndrome; Genetic Counselling; Screening Tests; Paediatric; Clinical Management; Recommendations

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(1):27-28.

Article History

Date submitted: 2010-04-22
Date published: 2011-01-06

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