syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by severe
congenital mental retardation, unusual facial appearance, and
Symptoms of Angelman syndrome include
unstable jerky gait, hand flapping, unusually happy demeanor,
developmental delay, lack of or diminished speech, and microcephaly
(small head). Epilepsy may develop in the early years of life,
however it may decrease with age. Patients may also have balance
Is there any treatment?
There is no standard course of
treatment for Angelman syndrome. Physical therapy and adaptive
devices may help patients with jerky gait. Early language evaluation
and intervention is often recommended. Anticonvulsant medications
may be prescribed for epilepsy.
What is the prognosis?
Most individuals with Angelman syndrome
will have mental delay, severe speech limitations, and some type of
gait abnormality. Patients may have improvement of symptoms with
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, National
Institutes of Health
The Facts About Angelman Syndrome
(by the Angelman Syndrome Foundation,
A brief explanation of Angelman Syndrome.
What is Angelman Syndrome?
Angelman Syndrome is not a disease, but a
neurogenetic condition that cannot be cured, due to an anomaly on the
maternal side of chromosome 15 (the half inherited from the mother).
Written by Stephen
M. Edelson, Ph.D.
Angelman Syndrome is not considered a
subtype of autism, but individuals suffering from this disorder
exhibit many behaviors characteristic of autism. They are also
sometimes given a secondary diagnosis of autism.
Army of Angels
This site is here to do one of many small parts towards making the
general public more aware of Angelman Syndrome in particular and
genetic disorders in general. It is hoped that you will leave this
site with a little more understanding of what Angelman Syndrome is and
what you, a member of the global community, can help to do about it.
Angelman Syndrome Information
A Parents Brochure for Parents
Practical advice from a parent.
Angelman Syndrome From A to Z
Everything you ever wanted to know about Angelman Syndrome... and then
Touched by an Angel
Welcome to Angeland. This is a place for
brothers and sisters of kids with Angelman Syndrome to come and play.
Stephanie Briggs and her mother have worked hard to make sure you have
fun. You can learn more about Stephanie and other brothers and sisters
How common is Angelman Syndrome?
By Charles Williams, MD
The answer to this question is not
precisely known but we do have some rough estimates. The best data
thus far come from studies of school age children, ages 6-13 years,
living in Sweden, and from Denmark where the diagnosis of AS children
in medical clinics was compared to an 8 year period of about 45,000
Disorder Zone - Angelman Syndrome
Who Named It? Angelman Syndrome
Angelman Syndrome National Walk-A-Thon
It is a goal of the Angelman Syndrome
Walk-A-Thon to raise awareness of this genetic disorder by educating
the public (i.e., medical community, educators, individuals) regarding
Angelman Syndrome, its signs, symptoms, characteristics, diagnosis,
treatments and research.
Art for Angels
Art for Angels is raising money to
sponsor children with Angelman Syndrome in a new clinical study at San
Diego Children's Hospital.
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