Rett's syndrome


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Rett's syndrome

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Etymology: Andreas Rett, Austrian physician, 20th century
a pervasive developmental disorder affecting the gray matter of the brain, occurring exclusively in females and present from birth. It is progressive and is characterized by autistic behavior, ataxia, dementia, seizures, and loss of purposeful use of the hands, with cerebral atrophy, mild hyperammonemia, and decreased levels of biogenic amines. Also called cerebroatrophic hyperammonemia.
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Leah Thornton, of Blaby, suffers from Rett's syndrome, an incurable condition which means she is unable to walk, talk or even chew food properly.
Culminating a 14-year search, researchers at Stanford University and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston announced they have located the gene for Rett's syndrome, one of the most common causes of mental retardation among girls.
Rett's syndrome affects one in every 10,000 to 15,000 girls and follows a tragic and irreversible course.
Then there was that awful Julia Roberts having the sheer unmitigated gall to appear before a Senate committee to bring their attention to a disease that I have never even heard of: Rett's syndrome, which is this boring little disease that affects only females, causes severe mental retardation, slowed growth of the skull, severe psychomotor degeneration and loss of social engagement.