What is Shereshevsky Syndrome – An Overview?

Shereshevscky syndrome – Turner is a condition in which the connective tissue of the brain and spinal cord are unable to properly develop. This leads to development of a deformed spinal cord that may cause certain problems with movement. It is a condition which is diagnosed by using x-rays and MRI technology. A specialist physician who specializes in Neurology, developmental disabilities and cerebral palsy will be best able to diagnose it.

Symptoms include slow movement of extremities – both of the limbs, the toes and fingers and head. The condition is also known as “Spinal Degeneration”. Children sometimes suffer from a motor disability related to Shereshevscky syndrome – Turner, when they have been diagnosed. Some of the symptoms of the syndrome are as follows – drooping eyelids, floppy ears, low forehead, low eyebrows, low chest and thorax, low back and rib cage.

This condition occurs in one out of every nine boys. It was named after Dr. George J. Shereshevsky, who was the Director of the Developmental Institute at the University of Chicago. He did research and worked on the development of the disorder and published his findings in a book called “Morphology”. The book discusses the various theories about the causes of the disorder and the development of the spinal cord. At this time, there is no known cure for the condition.

Some symptoms of Shereshevscky syndrome – Turner can be confused with other conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms are so similar that sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference. Treatment for the syndrome involves using medicines to stimulate the production of hormones and chemicals in the brain that helps control muscle contractions. Therapy and physical exercises are used to help with coordination and balance. If left untreated, the effects of the disorder can be worse than that of cerebral palsy or even Parkinson’s disease. It can cause problems walking, speaking, writing and performing daily activities.

Children with Shereshevscky syndrome – Turner tend to have low self-esteem and tend to be very shy. They tend to focus their interests only on a few activities and tend to dislike most forms of communication. They have great difficulty with changes and also tend to become frustrated easily. They can repeat stories, show repetitive behavior and do repetitive tasks. They often fidge their head forward when they look at something interesting but will look down when looking at something else.

There are no known health conditions that are associated with Shereshevsky syndrome – Turner. However, if you have a history of head trauma or head injury, you should consult a physician to make sure that the symptoms you’re experiencing are not caused by that kind of trauma. Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, head injuries and skull damage can all be causes of symptoms of the syndrome. It is not known how the syndrome is inherited. Research is still continuing in this area.

People with Shereshevsky syndrome – Turner are usually in their twenties or thirties. In most cases, they have normal to above average intelligence. Usually they are good problem solvers and are good students. They tend to be attracted to or friendly towards their siblings, friends and others in their social environment. They have little or no memory of their childhood, having been almost totally preoccupied with playing and engaging in interactive play since they were infants.

If your child has Shereshevsky syndrome – Turner, there are things you can do to help them. Avoid harsh treatment and negative criticism. Keep the interaction positive. Avoid yelling, screaming, hitting or using physical aggression towards your child.

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