Journal article

Twenty years of surveillance in Rett syndrome: what does this tell us?

Alison Anderson, Kingsley Wong, Peter Jacoby, Jenny Downs, Helen Leonard

Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases | Published : 2014

Abstract

BACKGROUND: The clinical characteristics of children diagnosed with Rett syndrome are well described. Survival and how these characteristics persist or change in adulthood are less well documented. This study aimed to describe overall survival and adult health in those with Rett syndrome. METHODS: Using the Kaplan-Meier method, we estimated survival of individuals registered with the Australian Rett syndrome Database (ARSD) who had been followed for up to 20 years (n = 396). We then conducted logistic and linear regression analyses investigating epilepsy, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, autonomic dysfunction and behaviour of individuals aged 18 years and over using cross sectional cohorts..

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