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Rett Syndrome is a rare, genetic neurological disorder that affects the development of the brain. Rett Syndrome causes a progressive inability of the use of eye and body muscles. Infants with Rett Syndrome develop normally during the first 6 months later lose all the previously acquired skills. Symptoms are:
• Slowed growth
• Loss of normal movement and coordination
• Loss of communication abilities
• Abnormal hand movements
• Unusual eye movements
• Breathing problems
• Agitation and irritability
• Abnormal curvature of spine
• Irregular heartbeat
• Thin and fragile bones
HOW IS RETT SYNDROME DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Rett Syndrome is based on the symptoms and clinical evaluation. The neurologist may examine your child closely and evaluate family and medical history. Diagnostic tests are performed to rule out other related diseases as well. Blood tests, urine tests, MRI, hearing tests, eye and vision tests and brain activity tests are commonly performed to diagnose Rett Syndrome
HOW IS RETT SYNDROME TREATED?
Physical, speech and occupational therapy would help patients manage daily chores and activities. Medications might be prescribed if patients experience seizures.
DID YOU KNOW?
Even though self care is possible at home, it is highly recommended that these individuals stick to regular tests and healthy lifestyles. Occupational therapists and physical therapists are of great help here to.