The Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) provides the following list of features that have been reported in people with this condition. Much of the information in the HPO comes from Orphanet, a European rare disease database. If available, the list includes a rough estimate of how common a feature is (its frequency). Frequencies are based on a specific study and may not be representative of all studies. You can use the MedlinePlus Medical Dictionary for definitions of the terms below.
|Signs and Symptoms||Approximate number of patients (when available)|
|Abnormality of the tongue||90%|
|Cerebral cortical atrophy||90%|
|Neurological speech impairment||90%|
|Abnormality of the teeth||50%|
|Hernia of the abdominal wall||7.5%|
|Autosomal dominant inheritance||-|
|Deeply set eye||-|
|Feeding difficulties in infancy||-|
|Hypopigmentation of the skin||-|
|Hypoplasia of the maxilla||-|
|Intellectual disability, progressive||-|
|Intellectual disability, severe||-|
|Paroxysmal bursts of laughter||-|
|Progressive gait ataxia||-|
|Sleep-wake cycle disturbance||-|
|Widely spaced teeth||-|
Several different genetic mechanisms can inactivate or delete the maternal copy of the UBE3A gene. Most cases of Angelman syndrome occur when a segment of the maternal chromosome 15 containing this gene is deleted. In other cases, Angelman syndrome is caused by a mutation in the maternal copy of the UBE3A gene.
In a small percentage of cases, a person with Angelman syndrome inherits two copies of chromosome 15 from his or her father, instead of one copy from each parent. This is called paternal uniparental disomy. Rarely, Angelman syndrome can also be caused by a chromosomal rearrangement called a translocation, or by a mutation or other defect in the region of DNA that controls activation of the UBE3A gene. These genetic changes can abnormally turn off (inactivate) UBE3A or other genes on the maternal copy of chromosome 15.The cause of Angelman syndrome is unknown in 10 to 15 percent of affected individuals. Changes involving other genes or chromosomes may be responsible for the condition in these individuals.
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How is Anglemans syndrome mistaken for Autism? See answer
We have a 2-year-old son who was diagnosed with Angelman syndrome. He has a deletion of the mother's part on chromosome 15. What are the chances of this syndrome occurring in our next baby? We have another 6-year-old son who is normal. See answer
What is the chance of having another child with Angelman syndrome if a mother has a translocation of chromosomes 15 and 7? Is there additional genetic testing that could be performed? See answer