oa Central African Journal of Medicine - "The happy puppet" Syndrome

Volume 19, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



A coloured boy of six year is showing features simiIar to six previously reported cases is here desicribed. These are mental retardation, microcephaly, jerky puppet-like movements, abnormal tongue protusion and consistent bouts of unprovoked laughter. The term �Happy Puppet Syndrome"" has been applied by Bower 'and Jeavons, but cases were first descriptionbed by Angelman. The aetiology is unknown ,and investigations in the present case have heen unrewarding

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