The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 72, Issue 10, pp 859–864 | Cite as

Syndromes and disorders associated with mental retardation

  • Donald E. Greydanus
  • Helen D. Pratt
Symposium on Developmental and Behavioral Disorders-I


This article reviews selective comments on the concept of Mental Retardation (MR) in adolescents. Issues covered include the definition, prevalence, and differential diagnosis of MR. Some of the syndromes and disorders associated with MR in the adolescents are also considered with emphasis on the behavioral concerns that may be present in this age group. Finally, concepts of management by the clinician are reviewed. It is recommended that health care professionals caring for adolescents with MR should help these youths maximize their potential as human beings, helping them achieve meaningful functioning in adulthood.

Key words

Mental retardation Cerebral palsy Autism Down syndrome Fragile X syndrome 


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© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Pediatrics and Human DevelopmentMichigan State University College of Human Medicine, Pediatrics Program Director, MSU/Kalamazoo Center for Medical StudiesKalamazooUSA

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