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  • Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder caused by a problem with the UBE3A gene on chromosome 15. People with Angelman syndrome are either missing a copy of that gene, or the copy that they have does not work properly.
  • Common characteristics include intellectual disability, delayed speech or no speech at all, jerky walking style and happy demeanour. 
  • There is no cure, but the child can benefit from treatment, including physical therapy, special education and behaviour modification.

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Reviewed on: 11-02-2019