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How is Rett syndrome diagnosed?

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A diagnosis of Rett syndrome is based on a girl’s pattern of symptoms and behavior. Doctors can make the diagnosis based on these observations alone and by talking to the girl’s parents about things like when the symptoms started. Because Rett syndrome is rare, doctors will first rule out other conditions, including autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, metabolic disorders, and prenatal brain disorders. Genetic testing can help confirm the diagnosis in 80% of girls with suspected Rett syndrome. These tests may also predict how severe it will be.

From: Rett Syndrome: What to Know WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Zhang, Y. 2008. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet." : “The autism spectrum: subgroups, boundaries, and treatment.” National Institute of Mental Health: "Autism Spectrum Disorders."



Neurology,Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Mayo Clinic: “Rett Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2017

SOURCES: Zhang, Y. 2008. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet." : “The autism spectrum: subgroups, boundaries, and treatment.” National Institute of Mental Health: "Autism Spectrum Disorders."



Neurology,Psychiatric Clinics of North America

Mayo Clinic: “Rett Syndrome.”

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on January 08, 2017

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