Cause of Edwards syndrome A baby with Edwards syndrome has 3 copies of chromosome number 18 instead of 2. This affects the way the baby grows and develops. Having 3 copies of chromosome 18 usually happens by chance, because of a change in the sperm or egg before a baby is conceived.
How does a baby get trisomy 18?
Most cases of trisomy 18 are not inherited, but occur as random events during the formation of eggs and sperm. An error in cell division called nondisjunction results in a reproductive cell with an abnormal number of chromosomes. For example, an egg or sperm cell may gain an extra copy of chromosome 18.
How does Edwards syndrome occur meiosis?
The presence of an extra copy of chromosome 18 is a genetic anomaly that arises during the production of sperm and egg cells in either meiosis I, or more commonly meiosis II. Trisomy 18 results from defects in the mothers eggs in 90 percent of its cases; further, the incidence rate increases with maternal age.