The facts about Rett syndrome

Written by Lauren Pulling

We had a great response to our recent interview with Rett syndrome expert, Alan Percy (University of Alabama at Birmingham; AL, USA), so we’ve put together a short infographic to highlight some of the facts related to the disorder. This covers key features of the disease and highlights research efforts in the area.

On the importance of research into rare diseases like Rett syndrome, Percy commented: “If you take everybody who has involvement in a rare disorder in the US it totals approximately 7–10% of the population. That’s a substantial number and it has important public health issues so to just ignore it I think is no longer possible, especially as advances in medical care means these patients are living longer and longer.”