This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
Mental retardation, nonspecific
Mental-retardation[ more ]
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
|Abnormality of brainstem morphology||
Abnormal shape of brainstem
Aggressiveness[ more ]
|Atypical absence seizures||0007270|
|Generalized tonic seizures||0010818|
|Generalized tonic-clonic seizures||
Grand mal seizures
Cognitive decline, progressive
Progressive cognitive decline[ more ]
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Generalized myoclonic seizures||0002123|
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
|Abnormality of the dentition||
Dental abnormality[ more ]
|Abnormality of the periventricular white matter||0002518|
|Depressed nasal bridge||
Depressed bridge of nose
Flat bridge of nose
Flat nasal bridge
Flat, nasal bridge
Flattened nasal bridge
Low nasal bridge
Low nasal root[ more ]
|Downslanted palpebral fissures||
Downward slanting of the opening between the eyelids
Swallowing difficulty[ more ]
|Enlarged cisterna magna||0002280|
|Frontotemporal cerebral atrophy||0006892|
Acid reflux disease
Heartburn[ more ]
|Hypoplasia of the
|Intellectual disability, progressive||
Mental retardation, progressive
Progressive mental retardation[ more ]
|Intellectual disability, severe||
Early and severe mental retardation
Mental retardation, severe
Severe mental retardation[ more ]
Low set ears
Lowset ears[ more ]
Increased size of skull
Large head circumference[ more ]
|Posteriorly rotated ears||
Ears rotated toward back of head
Drooping upper eyelid
|Recurrent respiratory infections||
Frequent respiratory infections
Multiple respiratory infections
respiratory infections, recurrent
Susceptibility to respiratory infections[ more ]
|Tented upper lip vermilion||0010804|
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
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If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
All the epilepsies with frequent and brief seizures (``minor motor seizures''), occurring in childhood should be considered with myoclonic epilepsies, benign atypical partial epilepsy of childhood, epilepsy absence with tonic or atonic component, ESES syndrome, Landau-Kleffener syndrome, multifocal severe epilepsy, Rett syndrome, Angelman syndrome, and ceroid lipofuscinoses (see these terms) being included in the differential diagnosis.
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Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
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