Down syndrome remains the most common recognisable form of intellectual disability. The challenge for doctors today is how to capture the rapidly expanding body of scientific knowledge and devise models of care to meet the needs of individuals and their families.
This book provides doctors and other health professionals with the information they need to address the challenges that can present in the management of the syndrome.
Chapters written by internationally-respected paediatricians with a special interest in Down syndrome cover Down syndrome comorbidities, such as hearing problems, gastrointestinal disorders, congenital heart diseases, as well as the underlying biology and new developments in molecular genetics. Each chapter is illustrated with informative case scenarios and answers to FAQs from parents and carers.
- The most up-to-date resource on the management of Down syndrome and its comorbidities such as congenital heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders and skin disorders
- Includes chapters on the underlying biology of Down syndrome, antenatal screening, neurological disorders common presentations and adult mental health
- Defines how doctors can work with other health professionals to provide good interdisciplinary healthcare for individuals with Down syndrome
- Contributions from the UK Down syndrome Association and the Down Syndrome Medical Interest offer a unique perspectives on issues from ‘giving the news’ to parents to coping with dementia in Down syndrome
General practitioners, community paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, neurodevelopmental paediatricians, speech and language therapists, other health and educational professionals, teachers.
Full Book Review
Read the full book review by Arnab Seal published in Developmental medicine & Child Neurology.
Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series
AUTHORS’ APPOINTMENTS ix
Richard W Newton
2. Advances in molecular biology
Arjan Bouman and Raoul Hennekam
3. Antenatal diagnosis
Shiela Puri and Joan Morris
4. Life for a person with DS
Stuart Mills, Gillian Bird, Lesley Black, Vanda Ridley, Sheila Heslam and Lou Marsden with Claire McCall and Fiona Straw
5. Hearing issues
Emma McNeill, Patrick Sheehan and Liz Marder
6. Vision and eye disorders
Pat Charleton and Maggie Woodhouse
7. Immune function, infection and autoimmunity
Peter Arkwright and Liz McDermott
8. Cardiovascular Disease
Robert Tulloh, Emma Pascall and Natali Chung
9. Respiratory diseases
Hazel Evans, Katy Pike, Marian McGowan and Sally Shott
11. Endocrine disorders
Malcolm Donaldson and Kath Leyland
12. Haematological disorders
Rebecca James and Shiela Puri
13. Gastrointestinal disorders
Patricia D Jackson, Peter Gillett and Sarah Almond
14. Renal and urinary tract abnormalities
Christine Hardie and Rajiv Puri
15. Musculoskeletal manifestations of Down syndrome
Janet Gardner-Medwin, Maureen Todd, Sally Tennant and Shiela Puri
16. Dermatological manifestations
Sheila M. Clark and Laura Savage
17. Impact for oral and dental Health
Liz Marder and June Nunn
18a. Neurological disorders
Richard W Newton
18b. Developmental, psychological and psychiatric function
18c. Mental health and dementia
Tiina Annus, Liam Reese Wilson and Anthony Holland
19. Interventions and alternative therapies: medicine and myth
Richard W Newton
Richard W Newton
'I believe this book will become the main reference text for clinicians working with people with Down syndrome. I will use the book in my work with medical students and young doctors and I will recommend it to the parents of many of my patients.'
Ulrika Wester Oxelgren, Acta Paediatrica, 2016
‘The personal stories from parents, often followed by case specific interventions, will speak to families who share similar struggles. These poignant anecdotes encourage empathy while furthering the understanding of Down syndrome. From a medical standpoint, the organization of information by systems makes this text a convenient and comprehensive resource. It contains the level of detail necessary to create patient specific differential diagnoses, and simultaneously arms providers with the information needed to answer both practical parent and complicated medical questions.’
Jaime-Dawn E. Twanow, Journal of Child Neurology, 2016
‘This new reference book covers many related topics from the molecular genetics and hypotheses behind the cause of the Down presentation, through diagnosis, to the various medical conditions that are commonly (and less commonly) seen alongside Down Syndrome through the various stages of life. By raising awareness of the various health complaints that are more common in, but not unique to Down Syndrome, this book assists health professionals in recognising and flagging up comorbidities that should be dealt with by the appropriate specialist team.’
Christina Calderon, Association of Paediatric Chartered Physiotherapists Journal, 2015
‘Whether you are a general paediatrician, a community paediatrician, a ‘super-sub’-specialist in a tertiary unit, or an allied health professional it is likely you will be called upon to deliver care for a child with Down syndrome. When doing so this textbook is a helpful one to keep at hand. It is a comprehensive collection of up-to-date practice written by contributors with expertise in the field. In addition to being a helpful guide for professionals, it also serves as a reference book for parents and support organizations.’
Arnab Seal, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2015
'I found this book to be of exceptionally high quality bringing together the current guidance, perspectives and research on a wide range of health issues affecting people with Down’s syndrome in an informative and in-depth manner.'
Salim J Razak, Down Syndrome Association Journal, 2015
'I found reading this volume very informative. It reflects authority and credibility and is indeed a comprehensive guide to the delivery of health care for children and young people with Down syndrome.'
Eugen Boltshauser, Neuropediatrics, 2015
'For those wanting to have an authoritative source to support their task of overseeing the health management of a family member with Down syndrome, this is the book.'
Rhonda Faragher, Journal of the Down Syndrome Association of Australia, 2015