October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month. Rett Syndrome is a genetic disease which affects brain development. It is caused by identifiable mutations of the MECP2 gene on the X chromosome.
This life-threating condition affects about 1 in 10,000 girls and even fewer boys.
The most common symptoms of Rett Syndrome are the limited ability to play, the complexity of participation in normal activities and even the use of their voice. Rett Syndrome can shorten the lifespan of patients.
Nevertheless, the outcome of the condition depends on the age of the individual, and when the symptoms first occurred. There is still no cure for Rett Syndrome, and all available drugs aim to only treat the symptoms.
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