Alexis Hallden 2nd hour Biology
It wasn't until 1980 that what we today know as Angelman Syndrome (AS) first appeared in the United States. It was in 1987 AS was commonly diagnosed as Prader-Willi Syndrome until Ellen Magenis, a physician at the Oregon Health Science Center) went into further research. She first noticed that the misdiagnosed victims suffered from a severe developmental delay and seizures, symptoms which were not attributed to the Prader-Willi Syndrome. At the conclusion of her research she found that AS is caused by an abnormality in the 15th chromosome pair.
How Does This Happen?
What Are the Odds?
Symptoms, Teatment, and Prognosis
While there is no cure for AS itself there are treatments that can be done for its effects such as physical therapy, speech therapy, anti-seizure medications, etc. but does not affect the facial features of the person like down syndrome as seen in the picture to the above-right.
Though these disease is relatively new, it is known that, despite the disease making living life much harder, with enough help, love, and care, a victim of the Angelman Syndrome has the ability to live a long and happy life.
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