What is Rett Syndrome?
Rett Syndrome is a neuro-developmental condition which effects spoken language and hand use, coupled with the development of distinctive hand stereotypes.
This happens almost exclusively to females and can be diagnosed during infancy. The cause of this syndrome is due to the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome. Rett Syndrome can be found in all parts of the world and effects every ten thousand live female births. Early infancy usually appears normal and the symptoms can be seen between 6-18 months of age. Some of the symptoms are:
1. Delay in development, effecting speech in particular
2. Hand skills
3. Manner of walking
“A hallmark of Rett syndrome is repetitive hand movements that may become almost constant while awake. Other more common medical issues encountered include epileptic seizures, muscle stiffness, osteoporosis and scoliosis. Despite its multiple handicaps, Rett syndrome is not a degenerative disease. Many individuals with Rett syndrome live long into adulthood. There is currently no cure.”
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