Angelman syndrome

Error in chromosome 15 can result in the development of Angelman syndrome. Angelman syndrome is a disorder that has a few serious symptoms that can affect how well a person’s life is. The condition can be treated but none of the spoken cures have been proven to be especially effective. There are still many studies underway that are being done to discover a solid treatment method for this condition. In a matter of time there may be more effective treatment options for Angelman syndrome.

Angelman syndrome is mostly known for the major symptoms that occur during the condition. It is often associated with the jerky movements and irregular attitude and behavior of the patient. The condition can have various neurological issues and children that are affected with the condition can have a serious delay in development.

Diagnosing Angelman Syndrome
The symptoms of Angelman syndrome do not become fully noticeable until a child is starting to grow up. The early signs can appear at just three years of age but it may take till the child is as old as seven years old before the condition is really recognized. The difficulties in your child developing properly are what should send red flags originally but many parents do not realize that there is a potentially serious problem with their child before reading about Angelman syndrome.

The early years of your child’s life involve very little obvious symptoms for the condition. This is mostly because your child is not talking, running around, or doing anything extremely productive. It is not until your child has reached a certain age (three to seven years old) that the symptoms will become extremely noticeable.

Symptoms of Angelman Syndrome
The most common symptoms for this condition are: jerky movements, serious difficulties trying to speak, poor balance, slow at learning to walk, sit, or crawl, and behavioral problems. Jerky movements usually consist of actions such as odd flapping of the hands and awkward walking such as a strong favoring to one leg. Behavioral problems usually include an overly happy approach to everything and regular smiling or laughing even without warrant.

There are other symptoms of Angelman syndrome as well but they are not nearly as common. A few less common symptoms of the condition would include rhythmic movement of arms or legs, seizures at a young age, constant drooling, problems sleeping, and having a smaller than average head.

Treating Angelman Syndrome
As there are no solid treatments for this condition it is rather difficult to recommend a single therapy method to use. There are no treatment methods that have been proven to work to cure the condition. If you are adamant on treating the condition then you may want to look into therapy methods for the specific symptoms. This would include communication and behavioral therapies and more.

If you can treat the symptoms of the condition then you can improve the chance of the affected person being able to live up to their full potential. People suffering from Angelman syndrome may be slow to develop but with enough care they can eventually reach a higher height. The condition is only as severe as the symptoms so your best treatment option would be to find therapy methods for each of the symptoms.

The faster the condition is diagnosed the better the chance of pulling through it and living the best life possible. It is important that there is someone around to help treat the patient at all times. It is a condition that can have major affects on the patient’s life if not treated properly. With the appropriate care, Angelman syndrome can have a very little influence on how the patient’s life turns out. Anyone can live a full life while suffering from this disorder but special treatment for the severe symptoms will be necessary.

Last updated on Mar 8th, 2011 and filed under Neurological Disorders. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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