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Other Names for this Disease
- Autism, dementia, ataxia, and loss of purposeful hand use
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Rett syndrome is a childhood disorder characterized by normal early development followed by loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, abnormal walk (gait), seizures, and mental retardation. It affects females almost exclusively.
Last updated: 12/8/2011
- Rett Syndrome Fact Sheet. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 2011 ; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/rett/detail_rett.htm. Accessed 12/8/2011.
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- The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) provides information related to the health of children, adults, and families. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Rett syndrome. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
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- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) database contains genetics resources that discuss Rett syndrome. Click on the link to go to OMIM and review these resources.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Rett syndrome. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.
Resources for Kids
- The Family Village Web site has a state by state list of summer camps for kids and teens with a variety of medical conditions, including cancer, skin conditions, bleeding disorders, diabetes, physical or intellectual disability and others.
- The Autism Speaks has developed a new Video Glossary, an innovative web-based tool designed to help parents and professionals learn more about the early red flags and diagnostic features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD). This glossary contains more than 150 video clips and is free of charge.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.