Original article| Volume 23, SUPPLEMENT 1, S28-S31, December 2001

Three decades of sociomedical experiences from West Swedish Rett females 4–60 years of age


      Rett syndrome, today known as a worldwide important cause behind severe mental retardation in females, has been seen in Sweden since the 1960s (the senior author). This study gives population representative clinical and sociomedical follow-up data from West Sweden (1/4 of the population in Sweden). The series comprises 54 females diagnosed in 1971–1998, 5–60 years old, median age 20. Mortality in 1971–2000 was 18% (10/54), median age at death 20. Death usually had been sudden and unexpected. The sociomedical follow-up emphasized the adult group. The large majority had usually moved to small group homes, a good and well-accepted environment once the staff had learned the particularities of these so uniquely neurodevelopmentally disabled women.


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