Rett Syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the brain. Early symptoms of this disorder is a slowing down of the growth of the head and loss of muscle tone. After 4 years of age children might lose their language skills and withdraw from people or exhibit signs of social anxiety. Problems walking, seizures and uncoordinated breathing have also been noticed in patients.
HOW IS RETT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose Rett’s syndrome various tests may include:
• Blood tests
• Urine tests
• Imaging tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) scans
• Hearing tests
• Eye and vision exams
• Brain activity tests (electroencephalograms, also called EEGs)
HOW IS RETT SYNDROME TREATED?
There is no cure for Rett Syndrome, only symptomatic relief may be provided. Regular medical care, medications, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, nutritional support and behavioral intervention are followed for improving quality of life of patients affected with Rett Syndrome.
DID YOU KNOW?
Music therapy is known to have a favorable effect on patients affected with Rett Syndrome