The Rett girls with preserved speech

Brain Dev. 1992 Mar;14(2):98-101. doi: 10.1016/s0387-7604(12)80094-5.


In addition to a total population of 102 classic Rett syndrome girls who visited our department in the last 8 years, 3 were observed showing some of the features typical of this syndrome, including hand-washing activities, but also some atypical features, the most notable of which was their ability to speak in fully formed phrases. One of these girls has a sister with the typical features of classic Rett syndrome. Atypical variants of the Rett syndrome are discussed and the possibility of a "speaking" variant is considered.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Rett Syndrome / complications
  • Rett Syndrome / physiopathology
  • Rett Syndrome / psychology*
  • Verbal Behavior / physiology*