Fragile X Syndrome
Also called: FRAXA
Fragile X syndrome is the most common form of inherited mental retardation . A problem with a specific gene causes the disease. Normally, the gene makes a protein you need for brain development. But the mutation causes a person to make little or none of the protein, which results in the symptoms of Fragile X. People with only a small change in the gene might not show any signs of Fragile X. People with bigger changes can have severe symptoms. These might include Intelligence problems, ranging from learning disabilities to severe mental retardation Social and emotional problems, such as aggression in boys or shyness in girls Speech and language problems, especially in boys Fragile X has no cure. You can treat some symptoms with educational, behavioral or physical therapy, and with medicines. Getting treatment early for Fragile X can help.