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Mowat-Wilson syndrome

Other Names for this Disease
  • Hirschsprung disease mental retardation syndrome
  • Mental retardation, microcephaly, and distinct facial features with or without Hirschsprung disease
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My 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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Are behavior problems common in children diagnosed with Mowat-Wilson syndrome?

Children with Mowat-Wilson syndrome tend to have a smiling, open-mouthed expression, and they typically have friendly and happy personalities.[1][2][3] Some children exhibit stereotypical repetitive movements of the hands and head, while others are fascinated by turning the pages of books and magazines.[2] Hand biting, head banging, and hyperactivity have been described in a few individuals with Mowat-Wilson syndrome.[3]
Last updated: 6/1/2011