Trisomy 18: how lethal is 'lethal'?

M A Brouwer, E L M Maeckelberghe, M A F B M van der Hoeven, J Schutte, H L Wee, C Willekes, A A E Verhagen

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Should active treatment be available for children with trisomy 18? In the Netherlands, trisomy 18 is described as a lethal condition leading to death during or immediately after birth. The Dutch course of action for trisomy 18 is termination of pregnancy, almost without exception, or passive treatment without medical interventions. But that approach might be outdated. We present a case that inspired physicians and parents to rethink the perception of trisomy 18.

Translated title of the contributionTrisomy 18: how lethal is 'lethal'?
Original languageDutch
Article numberD1716
JournalNederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde
Issue number0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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