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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-62

Childhood disintegrative disorder

Department of Psychiatry, PDU Government Medical College and Hospital, Rajkot, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Krunal Hitendrabhai Patel
A/603, New P.G. Hostel, Near Ruda Building, Jamnagar Road, Rajkot - 360 001, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/aip.aip_47_17

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Childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD), a rare clinical syndrome with a prevalence of 1 in 100,000 children, was first described by an educator, Theodore Heller in 1908. He originally termed the condition dementia infantilis; subsequently, it has also been termed disintegrative psychosis or Heller's syndrome. CDD is characterized by marked regression in multiple areas of functioning following a period of at least 2 years of apparently normal development. We are presenting a case of an 8-year-old girl who presented with normal development until 6 years of age followed by gradual developmental deterioration in previously acquired language, social skills, and intellectual functions suggestive of CDD.

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