Fragile X Syndrome
[fra-jɘl \- ‘eks-\ sin-drōm]
Fragile X syndrome is one of the most common inherited causes of intellectual disability, which is a term used when there are limits to a person’s ability to learn at an expected level, and function in daily life. Fragile X syndrome is caused by a change in the genetic material that mostly affects brain cells. This change makes it hard for cells to produce a protein that is needed for normal brain function. Currently, there is no cure for fragile X syndrome. The sooner children are diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, the sooner they can benefit from care and services. There are behavioral treatments, medicines, and educational services that may help.
- The average age at diagnosis for fragile X syndrome is 35 to 37 months for boys and 42 months for girls.
- Learning disabilities, hyeractivity, attention problems, developmental delays, and seizures are some possible symptoms of fragile X.
- Fragile X syndrome can increase the chance of being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
- Females with fragile X syndrome often have milder symptoms than males.
Sometimes people with fragile X syndrome can have certain physical features like larger ears, but that’s not always the case.
Both girls and boys can have fragile X syndrome, and both can have symptoms that range from mild to severe.
Fragile X syndrome is caused by an abnormal increase in size of some genetic material when it is passed from one generation to the next. Changes that exceed a certain size often cause fragile X syndrome.
Fragile X syndrome requires a special blood test that is not usually included in the genetic tests that a pregnant woman gets or in the tests done right after a baby is born. The only way to diagnose fragile X syndrome is by getting the “FMR1 DNA Test for Fragile X.”
- If you’re concerned about your child’s development, talk to your child’s doctor.
- If your child has developmental or intellectual disability with no known cause, consider asking your doctor for the fragile X syndrome test, which is called the “FMR1 DNA Test for Fragile X.”
- Currently, there is no cure for fragile X syndrome, but there are behavioral treatments, medicines, and educational services that may help your child.
- Having a diagnosis of fragile X syndrome for your child can help you connect with support groups of other families in the same situation.
- Tremors and early menopause are symptoms of disorders that can be related to fragile X syndrome. If you or other members of your family have these symptoms, discuss them with your doctor, even if you don’t have a family history of fragile X syndrome.