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Childhood-diseases

Question
Posted by: sharon | 2004/11/09

Q.

autism vs rett

My boyfriend has a 5 yr old girl, from another woman. Doctors are not sure if she suffers from Autism or Rett Syndrome. I am now 7months pregnant with a girl and am worried that my child might have the same disease. What are the chances??

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

We are not sure what the cause of Rett syndrome is, but it may be genetically inherited via the x-chromosome. The chances are very remote that this will recur and it would be zero in the case of a boy. The exact causes of autism are not known, but the chance of recurrence will also be extremely small.

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