Rett Syndrome Awareness

Rett Syndrome Awareness

Genetic brain disorder

October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month, a time to learn about and raise awareness for this rare neurological disorder that primarily affects girls. Symptoms may include difficulties with movement, speech, and using the hands. There is currently no cure for Rett syndrome. The disease mainly affects girls and causes problems with brain development, movement, and communication. October is a month-long festival in many Ontario communities, including various fun activities. Some important announcements were made this year.

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Rett syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder that is more common in females. The gene MECP2 is located on the X chromosome, and mutations on this gene are responsible for Rett syndrome. Children with Rett syndrome experience a period of developmental regression beginning around 18 months of age, followed by a period of stability. Rett syndrome is diagnosed by observing the patient's symptoms and medical history.

Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects the central nervous system and causes problems with communication, movement, and motor skills. Rett syndrome can cause various gastrointestinal, skeletal, neuroendocrine, disruptive, anxious behaviors, and mood and sleep problems. There aren't any drugs the FDA has approved for treating Rett syndrome.

 

Early History of Rett Syndrome

Rett Syndrome was first discovered more than fifty years ago by Andreas Rett, a neurodevelopmental pediatrician from Vienna. He observed two girls in his clinic who were both stereotyping simultaneously. Can be [1, 2]. He was unsuccessful in getting European physicians interested in learning more about this disorder. He was not well-known outside of Austria because he wrote mostly in German. Bengt Hagberg, a Swedish pediatric neurologist, identified young girls with nearly identical features of Rett syndrome, but he did not share his observations with anyone outside of Sweden.

Rhett's only major publication in English was published in the Handbook of Clinical Neuroscience in 1977. However, participants with this disorder who had extensive metabolic testing showed high ammonia levels in their blood. This finding was later disproven to be false. Hagberg realized that the symptoms of the disorder he was observing were changing concerning hyperammonemia at a gathering of child neurologists in Europe near the end of the 1970s. He realized that he and the other pediatric neurologists present were seeing the same disorder, and they planned to publish their joint experiences together. This became a breakthrough moment for the group, as they finally found a way to communicate and collaborate on this disorder effectively. Hagberg met Rett in 1981 and decided to name the disorder after him because he was the first person diagnosed with it. This disorder was largely unknown outside of Europe until a 1983 article in the Annals of Neurology brought it to prominence. It is now the leading cause of cognitive disability among females. Rhett held international conferences in Vienna that inspired representatives to develop diagnostic criteria and determine causation. The 1984 meeting was the first time that consensus criteria for diagnosis were developed and the first time that clinical and research activity was undertaken globally.

The clinical assessment of RTT should include a detailed history and current evaluation, including a neurological examination. This will help to provide a complete understanding of the individual's condition. It is essential to monitor a child's developmental progress from birth closely, paying careful attention to growth indicators such as height, weight, and head circumference. It is important to consider the child's developmental history, including delays in achieving milestones, loss of skills, and appearance of hand stereotypies. It is important to have a complete laboratory assessment of your chemistry profile, including triglyceride and cholesterol levels and vitamin D levels. This will give you a more comprehensive view of your health and allow you to make better-informed decisions about your healthcare. It is recommended to have an EEG to assess background activity and look for signs of epilepsy. The EEG usually slows down and starts showing epileptiform characteristics after the first two years of life. Although the EEG can show epileptic activity during sleep, this does not necessarily mean seizures occur. Some everyday behaviors may look like clinical seizures. It is essential to confirm epileptic events with video-EEG assessment, as they often do not involve epileptiform activity. This assessment should be done carefully. Since cranial CT or MRI scans are not always helpful in diagnosing RTT, they may be useful in some cases.

 

Symptoms of Rett

Rett syndrome is a condition that can cause difficulties with movement, speech, and intellectual abilities. Babies with Rett syndrome are typically born after a pregnancy and delivery that proceed without complications. However, the condition can cause various symptoms that can be difficult for families to manage. The condition's symptoms may appear soon after the baby is born. Newborns often face difficulties feeding, breathing, and regulating their body temperature. While these problems are common, they can be overcome with the help of parents and caregivers. Rett syndrome is a neurological disorder that affects an infant's development.

It is characterized by problems with brain function and development, including difficulties with speech, movement, and intellectual disability. For the first six months after an infant is born, they may appear to develop and behave normally, but this is only before Rett syndrome begins to manifest. As the disease progresses, patients lose motor skills and experience other symptoms, such as problems with speech and breathing, involuntary hand movements, and seizures. As dementia progresses, people lose the ability to communicate and interact with others, as well as the ability to control their movements. This can be very isolating and difficult for the individual and their loved ones. People who contract the disease will begin to experience its signs and symptoms. The symptoms of a disease can vary but can include fever, fatigue, and body aches. During the first year and a half of life, babies experience many changes that occur gradually over weeks or months. The symptoms of this condition can differ significantly in terms of both type and severity from one child to another.

 

The main signs and symptoms include

Growth rates are falling. The growth that happens in early childhood is most important for brain development. As a child grows up, the rate of growth slows down. One of the earliest signs of Rett syndrome is what we call microcephaly: a smaller-than-usual head size. As the child grows, what happens is that other parts of the body grow more slowly. This means that the child's head will grow faster than the rest of their body.

The lack of the cap potential to move and coordinate oneself is a serious problem that can significantly impact a person's life. The first signs of the disease usually include a decrease in hand control and a decrease in the ability to crawl or walk. This can make it difficult to perform everyday tasks such as dressing or eating. The disease may also cause problems with balance and coordination. This loss of abilities begins happening quickly but then slows down and occurs more gradually over time. The muscles in the affected area become weak or stiff, making it difficult to move or position the body correctly. This can make everyday activities such as dressing or bathing difficult and lead to falls and injuries.

What we're seeing is the loss of the ability to communicate effectively. This is a huge problem. Rett syndrome typically robs children of their ability to speak and communicate, making eye contact difficult. They may have less interest in socializing with other people, playing with toys, and interacting with the world around them. Some children experience sudden changes, such as losing language skills, which can worry parents. Children can gradually regain eye contact and nonverbal communication skills over time.

Different hand movements can be intriguing to watch. The hand movements children with Rett syndrome develop can vary from child to child and may be repetitive and aimless. How we move our hands can communicate different emotions, such as anxiety, excitement, or approval. This can help us express ourselves or understand the emotions of others.

 

Other signs and symptoms can include

Stage 1: Early onset. The first stage of the disease usually begins between 6 and 18 months of age and is often characterized by subtle signs and symptoms that can be easily overlooked. Phase 1 can be short or long. Babies at this stage tend to make less eye contact and show less interest in toys. There may be a slight delay in their ability to sit or crawl.

Stage 2: Rapid deterioration. Children usually lose the ability to perform skills they used to have, starting around 1-4. This loss may be rapid or progress more slowly and may last for weeks or months. Rett syndrome is a disorder that causes slow head growth, problems with movement and coordination, and loss of social interaction and communication.

Stage 3: Plateau. The third stage of development usually begins between the ages of 2 and 10 and can last for a long period. Although there may be some improvement in movement problems, behavior, hand use, and communication, these issues are likely to persist. Seizures can begin at this stage but generally do not occur until two years of age.

Stage 4: Late motor deterioration. This stage of development usually begins around the age of 10 and can last for a long time. It is characterized by decreased mobility, muscle weakness, and stiff joints. Patients' understanding, communication, and hand skills usually stay the same or improve significantly, and they may have more seizures.

 

When to see a doctor

Rett syndrome can be difficult to diagnose early because its signs and symptoms can be mild. If you notice any physical problems or behavioral changes in your child after what appears to be a typical development, contact your child's doctor right away. Issues and changes include slow growth, decreased coordination or motor skills, and repetitive hand movements.

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