What is Angelman Syndrome?
(Symptoms, Causes & Treatment)
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Angelman syndrome is a complex neuro-genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. Characteristic features of this condition include delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement and balance (ataxia). Most affected children also have recurrent seizures (epilepsy) and a small head size (a condition referred to as microcephaly). Delayed development becomes noticeable by the age of 6 to 12 months, and other common signs and symptoms usually appear in early childhood. Angelman Syndrome is known to occur in one in 15,000 live births.
There’s no cure for Angelman syndrome. Research is focusing on targeting specific genes for treatment. For now, treatment focuses on managing the medical and developmental issues. These treatments may include anti-seizure medication, communication therapy, physical therapy and behavior therapy.
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