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Young child affected by the Joubert syndrome. This is a genetic disorder which triggers a brain abnormality in embryonic life. The vermis, the central portion of the cerebellum, fails totally or partially to form. Symptoms of Joubert syndrome include mental retardation, incoordination, pendular eye movements and periods of very rapid breathing alternating with apnoea.
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