How is Rett Syndrome Diagnosed?
- How is Rett Syndrome Diagnosed?
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Rett Syndrome is normally diagnosed by completing a genetic test and through clinical diagnosis, where specific signs and behaviours are assessed.
The typical signs of Rett Syndrome include:
- Following normal age appropriate development, with a decrease in development from around the end of the first year, which continues until regression of previously acquired skills occurs
- A period of regression where skills in speech and hand movement are decreased, normally between nine months to 30 months.
- Development of repetitive hand movements
- Stiff posture or clumsy gait
- Decrease in head growth between two months and four years
Other signs which may be apparent include:
- Breathing difficulties and irregularities
- As individuals age, muscles may become rigid with joint deformities and muscle wasting
- Wide-based, unsteady gait
- Teeth grinding
- Problems with growth
A diagnosis of Rett syndrome will usually involve a team of medical professionals which can include:
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