What are the long term effects of Angelman syndrome?

What are the long term effects of Angelman syndrome?

With age, people with Angelman syndrome become less excitable, and the sleeping problems tend to improve. However, affected individuals continue to have intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and seizures throughout their lives.

How long do children live with Angelman syndrome?

Angelman syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes severe physical and learning disabilities. A person with Angelman syndrome will have a near-normal life expectancy, but they will need support throughout their life.

Can Angelman syndrome have children in the future?

If your child with Angelman inherited the disease from you and your partner, you may be able to minimize the risk of future children inheriting it. Reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization, known as IVF, and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis may provide some options.

How long do people with Angelman syndrome live?

Most people with Angelman syndrome live nearly as long as people without the condition, however, they are unable to live independently and will need life-long supportive care. Individuals with Angelman syndrome will continue to have intellectual limitations and severe speech impairment throughout their lives.

Where can I get help for my child with Angelman syndrome?

AngelmanUK is a charity providing information and support for parents and carers of people with the syndrome. As well as visiting the website, you can also call the charity’s helpline on 0300 999 0102 to speak with parents of people with Angelman syndrome, who can offer you help and advice.

When does Angelman syndrome occur in the fetus?

These changes occur early in fetal development, before a baby is born. A person may have Angelman syndrome symptoms because parts of the UBE3A gene are inactive or missing (about 70 percent of cases). Structural changes to UBE3A may also result in Angelman syndrome (about 11 percent of cases).

How are people with Angelman syndrome misdiagnosed?

Angelman syndrome is often misdiagnosed as cerebral palsy or autism. Your doctor may also recommend specific blood tests to check for abnormalities on the UBE3A gene. An EEG may be done if there are concerns about seizures. How is Angelman syndrome treated? There is no standard treatment for Angelman syndrome.