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There are no signs of Angelman syndrome at birth. The disorder is typically diagnosed at 6 to 12 months, when parents begin to notice developmental days such as a lack of crawling or babbling. Seizures may begin at 2 to 3 years. A doctor may suspect the disorder in children who have some of these symptoms in addition to others, such as difficulty with movement and balance, a small head size with flatness in the back and frequent laughter.
To confirm a diagnosis of Angelman syndrome, your child's doctor will perform a combination of genetic tests that can include the following:
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