Angelman Syndrome

By Logan White P2

What is Angelman syndrome?

It is a genetic disorder that primarily affects the nervous system. Symptoms are delayed development, intellectual disability, severe speech impairment, and problems with movement or balance. For children it is recurring seizures, and a small head size, delayed development. It is not fatal or life threatening but symptoms are shown early in age 6 to 12 months from birth.

Mutation or inherited?

Most of the time it is not inherited. 70% of the time it is fixed by the body, but 11% of the time it is a mutation or mistake. Chromosome 15 is often deleted from the material chromosome in Angelman syndrome. It is a rare disorder it affects only 1 in 12,000 to 20,000 people. It was discovered in 1965 by Dr.Harold Angelman.
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It affects the brain as well. Cat-scans can not detect the disorder. People with this disorder are often fascinated with running water.