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Rett syndrome


Other Names for this Disease

  • Autism, dementia, ataxia, and loss of purposeful hand use
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Overview

Rett syndrome is a childhood disorder characterized by normal early development followed by loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, abnormal walk (gait), seizures, and mental retardation. It affects females almost exclusively.[1]
Last updated: 12/8/2011

References

  1. Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2011 ; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/rett/detail_rett.htm. Accessed 12/8/2011.
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Other Names for this Disease
  • Autism, dementia, ataxia, and loss of purposeful hand use
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.