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Rett Syndrome Research Reveals High Fracture Risk - March 2008

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[Source: ScienceDaily]

Researchers at Perth's Telethon Institute for Child Health Research have found that girls and young women with Rett syndrome are nearly four times more likely to suffer a fracture.

he head of the Australian Rett Syndrome Study based at the Institute, Dr Helen Leonard, said the results had important implications for the care of girls with the syndrome.

"Many of the girls had fractures of the femur which are particularly disabling given the limited mobility of many of these children," Dr Leonard said.

"This information will be important for doctors and for families in both identifying fractures and endeavouring to find ways to prevent them where possible."

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