Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed 87:F220-F221 doi:10.1136/fn.87.3.F220
  • Original article

Diagnosis of Down’s syndrome in neonates

  1. D Hindley1,
  2. S Medakkar2
  1. 1Fairfield General Hospital, Bury BL9 7TD, Greater Manchester, UK
  2. 2Manchester University, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr Hindley, Fairfield General Hospital, Bury BL9 7TD, Greater Manchester, UK;
  • Accepted 12 April 2002


The results of karyotyping for Down’s syndrome in neonates were surveyed. From local data 36%, and from a national questionnaire, 32% of such samples were negative for Down’s syndrome. To examine this, a subset of notes was reviewed for documentation of clinical signs of Down’s syndrome. Some characteristics were often recorded, but other common discriminatory characteristics were noted less often or not at all.


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