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Down Syndrome Awareness Month - October 16

October 16, 2023 06:00 AM
Down Syndrome Awareness Month - October 16
 

Did you know? People with Down syndrome may experience diagnostic overshadowing in medical settings.

Diagnostic overshadowing describes the misdiagnosis or underdiagnosis of co-occurring health conditions that happens when health care providers attribute symptoms to another condition. When a provider overshadows with regards to Down syndrome, he or she focuses primarily (or only) on the fact that the person has Down syndrome and de-emphasizes the possibility of a co-occurring, often treatable condition. Addressing diagnostic overshadowing is an important step in ensuring that people with Down syndrome receive optimal health care. Brian Chicoine, MD, discusses this topic in greater detail in this Diagnostic Overshadowing: "All Is Not Down Syndrome" article.

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