What is childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD)?

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Children with childhood disintegrative disorder (CDD) develop normally until they’re three or four (sometimes older) but then dramatically regress, losing language, social, and self-help skills, including loss of bowel and bladder control, and may also develop seizures. Eventually, the child may display autistic characteristics, including mental retardation. CDD is very rare and the least common form of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

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