Angelman syndrome ( is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by mental retardation, movement or balance disorder, typical abnormal behaviors, and severe limitations in speech and language. Most cases are caused by absence of a maternal contribution to the imprinted region on chromosome 15q11-q13. Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS; 176270) is a clinically distinct disorder resulting from paternal deletion of the same 15q11-q13 region. In addition, the chromosome 15q11-q13 duplication syndrome (608636) shows overlapping clinical features.

Clayton-Smith and Pembrey (1992) provided a review of Angelman syndrome. Cassidy and Schwartz (1998) reviewed the molecular and clinical aspects of both Prader-Willi syndrome and Angelman syndrome. Horsthemke and Wagstaff (2008) provided a detailed review of the mechanisms of imprinting of the Prader-Willi/Angelman syndrome region.

Van Buggenhout and Fryns (2009) provided a review of Angelman syndrome and discussed genetic counseling of the disorder, which can show a recurrence risk of up to 50%, depending on the underlying genetic mechanism.