Disintegrative psychosis; Heller syndrome
Treatment is the same as for autistic disorder (autism) because the two disorders are similar.
One experimental treatment uses steroid medications to slow the progression of the condition.
The outlook for this disorder is poor. Most children with the condition have an impairment similar to that of children with severe autism by age 10.
Calling your health care provider
Call your provider if your child has any delays in development or starts to lose developmental abilities.
Review Date: 05/13/2010
Reviewed By: Benjamin W. Van Voorhees, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.