Look At Fragile X Syndrome
|Written by Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Autism, Salem, Oregon
Fragile X syndrome, called Martin-Bell syndrome, is a genetic disorder and is the most common form of inherited mental retardation. It is a sex-linked genetic abnormality in which a mother is a carrier, transmitting the disorder to her sons. It affects approximately 1 in every 1,000 to 2,000 male individuals, and the female carrier frequency may be substantially higher. Males afflicted with this syndrome typically have a moderate to severe form of intellectual handicap. Females may also be affected but generally have a mild form of impairment.
Approximately 15% to 20% of those with Fragile X Syndrome exhibit
Many hospitals and laboratories perform blood tests to diagnose
For more information, contact: The Fragile X Foundation P.O. Box 30023
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