ComplicationsBy Mayo Clinic Staff
Complications of Rett syndrome include:
Sept. 17, 2015
- Needing lifelong care and assistance with activities of daily living
- Sleep problems, including 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, ongoing problem, as well as other gastrointestinal (GI) problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
- Muscle and joint problems
- Anxiety and problem behavior that may compromise social functioning
- 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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