J Med Genet 26:764-768 doi:10.1136/jmg.26.12.764
  • Research Article

Childhood deaths in Down's syndrome. Survival curves and causes of death from a total population study in Queensland, Australia, 1976 to 1985.

  1. J A Bell,
  2. J H Pearn,
  3. D Firman
  1. State Health Laboratory, Queensland Department of Health, Brisbane, Australia.


      Data have been obtained from a total population study of diagnosed Down's syndrome cases born in Queensland between 1976 and 1985. Survival curves show a survival rate to one year of 87.4% and no significant differences in such patterns over the two five year periods of the study. Survival curves comparing maternal age at birth, sex of the infant, and locality of birth also indicate that early death is unrelated to any of these factors. Congenital heart disease and respiratory infection are the most common causes of infant death.