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Care for Symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome in Las Vegas, NV


Fragile X is an inherited developmental disorder that is the most commonly inherited developmental condition and the most commonly inherited intellectual disability in the US. In addition, more boys are born with fragile X than girls.

The signs and symptoms of fragile X syndrome can range from very mild to quite severe, with the most common ones including:

It is possible to have the mutation that causes fragile X without any of the signs of the syndrome. This means that you could be a carrier of the fragile X syndrome.

Receive a reliable diagnosis and caring treatment plan for fragile X syndrome in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, from the neurologists at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Call 702.616.4900 or use our online Find a Doctor tool to find out more about the collaboration between Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican and Stanford Hospital & Clinics.

 

Causes of Fragile X Syndrome

Fragile X syndrome is genetic disorder that comes from inheriting an abnormal (mutated) copy of a specific gene called FMR1 from either the mother or father. FMR1 is located on the X chromosome. The defective FMR1 gene impairs the ability of nerve cells to relay messages to and from the brain.

Females have two X chromosomes — one from their mother and one from their father — so females born with fragile X have both a defective and normal version of the gene. However, men have only one X chromosome and one FMR1 gene. For these and other reasons, the signs of fragile X syndrome vary because the underlying genetic defect and nerve cell dysfunction vary from person to person.

 

Treatment of Fragile X Syndrome at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican

There is no cure for fragile X syndrome, but treatment can help manage the symptoms and behaviors and improve the lives of those with fragile X.

Treatment for fragile X syndrome may include:

  • Educational assistance for learning disabilities
  • Speech therapy for communication
  • Counseling and guidance for families as the child transitions into adulthood
  • Behavior therapy or medications for ADHD and other symptoms
  • Occupational therapy for sensory issues

While there is no method of preventing fragile X syndrome, if you have family members with the condition and you plan on starting a family, you may want to consider speaking to a genetic counselor to see if your future family may be at risk.

Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican offers neurological expertise through care and treatment for patients with fragile X syndrome in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV.