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Retts Syndrome Paper

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Rett's Syndrome
What is Rett syndrome?

Rett's syndrome is a neurodevelopmenal disorder that for the most part only affects women. Infants with Rett syndrome seem to grow and develop normally at first, but then stop developing and even lose skills and abilities. Rett's Syndrome can be summed up by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability. The sickness was first breached upon by Dr. Andreas Rett who briefly described the illness and some of the occurring symptoms, and then later on Swedish researcher Dr. Bengt Hagberg published an article in 1883 giving a more detailed account of the disease. This stage is often overlooked because symptoms of the disorder may be somewhat vague, and parents and doctors may not notice the subtle slowing of development at first. The infant may begin to show less eye contact and have reduced interest in toys. Delays in the child's crawling or any type of movement becomes present. Hand-wringing and decreasing head growth may occur to subtle extents. This stage usually lasts for a few months but can continue for more than a year. Scientists generally describe four stages of Rett syndrome. Stage I, called early onset, typically begins between 6 and 18 months of age. This stage is often overlooked because symptoms of the disorder may be somewhat vague, and parents and doctors may not notice the subtle slowing of development at first. The infant may begin to show less eye contact and have reduced interest in toys. There may be delays in gross motor skills such as sitting or crawling. Hand-wringing and decreasing head growth may occur, but not enough to draw attention. This stage usually lasts for a few months but can continue for more than a year. Stage II, or the rapid destructive stage, usually begins between ages 1 and 4 and may last for...
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