Rett Syndrome – Chapter 7: Orthopedic Issues in Rett Syndrome (ebook)


ChapterĀ 7 – Orthopedic Issues in Rett Syndrome

Neurological impairments and activity limitations in Rett syndrome (RTT) impose stress on the musculoskeletal system. This chapter reviews the prevalence, characteristics, and clinical management of orthopedic problems in RTT. Documentation of the epidemiology of scoliosis and fracture has been enhanced by interrogation of large databases, but the prevalence of other orthopedic disorders is estimated from smaller case series. In the absence of clinical trials that address outcomes specifically in individuals with RTT, management draws heavily on the clinical experience of experts and general principles that have been applied to children with other neurological disorders, including cerebral palsy.

About the book

Among the vast body of literature that has grown around Rett syndrome, this volume is the first to be aimed at both clinicians and researchers. It presents a comprehensive overview of the disorder and examines the areas where gaps in knowledge are most significant. Rett Syndrome is intended to be a guide for both initial examination and in-depth study of the disorder. It is a practical text for the physician approaching the disorder for the first time and a valuable reference resource for the specialist or researcher.