Symptoms of Rett Syndrome
Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a disease that affects the gastrointestinal tract. Some Rett syndrome patients may have GERD, particularly those with restricted mobility and scoliosis. Pain, anxiety, and excitement can exacerbate GERD and increase discomfort.
People with Rett syndrome have a normal heart size and structure in most cases. However, echocardiogram studies may show abnormalities in heart rhythms. Constant monitoring of heart function is essential in patients because heart problems worsen with time.
Scoliosis is the most common orthopedic complication seen in Rett syndrome. It is an abnormal curvature of the spine that develops because of a side-to-side deviation in the alignment of the spinal bones (vertebrae). Sometimes, scoliosis may be associated with the twisting of the spine or chest wall deformity.