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Q. A 19-year-old girl's brain is same as that of a newborn. What to do?

Answered by
Dr. S. Riaz Ahmed
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 01, 2019

Hello doctor,

I have a sister who is 19-years-old, fully grown physically and healthy, but she has no knowledge. She cannot talk, she does not have any idea, her brain is the same as that of a newborn baby. Do we have any treatment regarding this, please help with some suggestions.

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Hello doctor,

Your sister has developmental delay and predominant speech delay the cause of which could not be identifiable unless we go deep into history. How was her birth? Was she born under normal delivery? Her birth weight, how long she was in the hospital at the time of birth? Is she able to walk and recognize all? To look more details, MR brain is needed, but unfortunately, nothing could make her normal. But with physical therapy and speech therapy, she might improve.


The Probable causes:

Possible anoxia at birth.

Investigations to be done:

MR brain.

Differential diagnosis:

Idiopathic.

Probable diagnosis:

Developmental delay.

Treatment plan:

Speech therapy and physiotherapy.

Preventive measures:

To be assessed by rehabilitation team


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