Complications of Rett syndrome include:
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- Movement problems (motor dysfunction), such as irregular hand movements and difficulty walking
- Unusual sleep patterns — such as falling asleep during the day or waking up at night
- Difficulty eating, leading to poor nutrition and delayed growth
- Constipation, which can be a severe and long-term, ongoing problem
- Life-threatening heart rhythms (cardiac dysrhythmias)
- Thin, fragile bones prone to fractures
- Scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine), which may require surgery if it's severe
- Shortened life span — people with Rett syndrome don't live as long as most people because of heart problems and other health complications
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