Which benign lesions are characteristic of Down syndrome?

Updated: Apr 30, 2018
  • Author: Gratias Tom Mundakel, MBBS, DCH; Chief Editor: Maria Descartes, MD  more...
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The tumor profile of patients with Down syndrome is different from that of other people. Syringomas occur more often in patients with Down syndrome than in other patients. These benign appendiceal tumors are observed in 18.5-39% of patients with this disease. Females are affected more than twice as often as males. Lesions are usually limited to regions around the eyes, but disseminated syringomas are also observed. The presence of tumors is not related to IQ or any other manifestation of the disorder.


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