An Israeli sample of 475 individuals representing the full spectrum of those with Down syndrome in the Jewish population is presented. The sample is part of a European multicenter study evaluating musculoskeletal disorders. Generalized joint laxity was found to have significant relationships with a number of medical conditions (knee problems, patello-femoral instability, genu valgus, pes planus, heart defects, and gastrointestinal problems). Body mass index was also related to feet problems, vertical talus, spinal problems, genu valgum, pes planus, and heart problems. Yearly multidisciplinary clinical follow-up is recommended in persons with Down syndrome.
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