Revista médica de Chile
version ISSN 0034-9887
GAETE, Beatriz; MELLADO, Cecilia and HERNANDEZ, Marta. Prevalence of neurological disorders among children with Down syndrome. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2012, vol.140, n.2, pp. 214-218. ISSN 0034-9887. doi: 10.4067/S0034-98872012000200010.
Background: Neurological disturbances are common problems in children with Down Syndrome (DS). Aim: To determine the prevalence of neurological disorders affecting children with Down Syndrome. Patients and Methods: Review of medical records of253 children aged from 1 day to 23 years affected with DS, attended at a public hospital and a University clinic. Results: The overall prevalence of neurological disorders was 38.7%. The most common problems were ocular motor disorders in 26% of cases and epilepsy in 12%. Conclusions: Neurological disorders are more common in children with DS than in the general population. Motor ocular disorders and epilepsy are the predominant disturbances detected.
Keywords : Down syndrome; Epilepsy; Ocular disorders.