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What is Rett syndrome?

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Rett syndrome is a rare, severe neurological disorder that affects mostly girls. It's usually discovered in the first two years of life, and a child's diagnosis with Rett syndrome can feel overwhelming. Although there's no cure, early identification and treatment may help girls and families who are affected by Rett syndrome. In the past, it was felt to be part of the autism spectrum disorder. We now know that it is mostly genetically based.

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 8, 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 8, 2017

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