Other Names for this Disease
- Mental retardation, microcephaly, and distinct facial features with or without Hirschsprung disease
- Hirschsprung disease mental retardation syndrome
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Your QuestionMy 6 year-old granddaughter was diagnosed with Mowat-Wilson syndrome 3 years ago. She recently started pulling hair and hitting and pushing other children. Is this type of behavior common in children with Mowat-Wilson syndrome?
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Children with Mowat-Wilson syndrome tend to have a smiling, open-mouthed expression, and they typically have friendly and happy personalities. Some children exhibit stereotypical repetitive movements of the hands and head, while others are fascinated by turning the pages of books and magazines. Hand biting, head banging, and hyperactivity have been described in a few individuals with Mowat-Wilson syndrome.
Last updated: 6/1/2011
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