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Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disease that causes developmental and nervous system problems, mostly in girls. It's related to autism. Babies with Rett syndrome seem to grow and develop normally at first. Between 3 months and 3 years of age, though, they stop developing and even lose some skills. Symptoms include

  • Loss of speech
  • Loss of hand movements such as grasping
  • Compulsive movements such as hand wringing
  • Balance problems
  • Breathing problems
  • Behavior problems
  • Learning problems or intellectual disability

Rett syndrome has no cure. You can treat some of the symptoms with medicines, surgery, and physical and speech therapy. Most people with Rett syndrome live into middle age and beyond. They will usually need care throughout their lives.

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  1. Rett Syndrome (National Library of Medicine)  
    Rett syndrome is a rare genetic disease that causes developmental and nervous system problems, mostly in girls. It's related to autism. Babies with Rett syndrome seem to grow and develop normally at first. ...
  2. Genetics Home Reference: Rett syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... PubMed Recent literature OMIM Genetic disorder catalog Conditions > Rett syndrome On this page: Description Genetic changes Inheritance Diagnosis ... names Glossary definitions Reviewed December 2013 What is Rett syndrome? Rett syndrome is a brain disorder that occurs ...
  3. Rett Syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)  
    Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet See a list of all NINDS Disorders Get Web page suited for printing Email ... Where can I get more information? What is Rett syndrome? Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmenal disorder that affects ...
  4. Rett Syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) - Short Summary  
    NINDS Rett Syndrome Information Page Condensed from Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet Table of Contents (click to jump to sections) What ... is being done? Clinical Trials Organizations What is Rett Syndrome? Rett syndrome is a childhood neurodevelopmental disorder that ...
  5. What Causes Rett Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications What causes Rett syndrome? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: ... as bad for development as too little. Is Rett syndrome passed from one generation to the next? In ...
  6. What Are the Symptoms of Rett Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... Resources and Publications What are the symptoms of Rett syndrome? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: ... problems Intellectual disability In addition, a person with Rett syndrome may experience one or more of the following ...
  7. How Do Health Care Providers Diagnose Rett Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... and Publications How do health care providers diagnose Rett syndrome? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: ... would rule out a Rett syndrome diagnosis. Atypical Rett Syndrome Genetic mutations causing some atypical variants of Rett ...
  8. Rett Syndrome From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... NICHD Research Information Clinical Trials Resources and Publications Rett Syndrome: Condition Information Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content What is Rett syndrome? Rett syndrome was first reported by Dr. Andreas ...
  9. What Are the Types and Phases of Rett Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... and Publications What are the types & phases of Rett syndrome? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content There are two main types of Rett syndrome: classic and atypical. 1 The two types may ...
  10. What Are the Treatments for Rett Syndrome? From the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Child Health and Human Development)  
    ... Resources and Publications What are the treatments for Rett syndrome? Skip sharing on social media links Share this: Page Content Most people with Rett syndrome benefit from well-designed interventions no matter what ...
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