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Fragile X Syndrome

What is Fragile X Syndrome?

Fragile X syndrome is a genetic condition involving changes in the long arm of the X chromosome. Fragile X syndrome is characterized by mental retardation.

Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited mental retardation in males and a significant cause in females. Boys are affected more severely than girls because boys only have one X chromosome and girls have two X chromosomes.

Fragile X syndrome is also called Fragile X. It appears in families of every ethnic group and income level.

How is Fragile X Syndrome Transmitted?

A person inherits Fragile X syndrome from their parents.

Symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome

The most common symptoms of Fragile X syndrome are:

  • Mental retardation
  • Large testicles
  • Family history of fragile X syndrome
  • Tendency to avoid eye contact
  • Hyperactive behavior
  • Large forehead and/or ears with a prominent jaw

Fragile X syndrome is also associated with problems with sensation, emotion, and behavior.

Can Fragile X Syndrome be Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment for Fragile X syndrome. However, with training and education, children with Fragile X syndrome can function at as high a level as is possible.

Complications of Fragile X Syndrome   

Complications vary depending on the type and severity of symptoms.

Can Fragile X Syndrome be Prevented

Genetic counseling may help prospective parents with a family history of Fragile X syndrome can help determine the level of risk of having a child with Fragile X syndrome.

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