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Rett Syndrome Symptoms, Causes, and Treatments

Rett syndrome is a distinctive genetic issue that mostly happens in girls. This condition affects many parts of daily life and causes behavioral, cognitive, and physical issues. Your daughters might suffer from it in infancy and it would get worse over time if left untreated. Read on this guide to learn more about Rett syndrome symptoms, causes, and treatments.

2 Causes of Rett Syndrome


As a genetic disorder, Rett syndrome is mainly caused by the mutation of the MECP2 gene. This gene is based on chromosome X. This condition is autosomal dominant, meaning that if girls just have the mutation on one of their X chromosomes, they would suffer from it. Boys with this mutation cannot survive until their infancy. It isn’t hereditary and only happens spontaneously. While it is almost impossible to prevent his cause, frequent screenings and health checks can be helpful in detecting the disorder early and seeking proper medical attention. [1]