Neurology Now:
doi: 10.1097/01.NNN.0000279058.49014.8f
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Fragile X

Corcoran, Terri

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Falls Church, Va.

After reading the Julie Andrews article in the March/April 2007 Neurology Now, I had to share some news about a genetic disorder called Fragile X Syndrome. It is the most common inherited cause of mental impairment and is implicated in many cases of autism.

Fragile X Associated Tremor Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) is a progressive neurological disorder affecting a significant percentage of carriers of the Fragile X permutation after age 50. My husband is horribly disabled by FXTAS. He was a brilliant Ph.D. scientist who now has severe cognitive impairment, loss of balance and coordination, and incontinence. The symptoms are similar to those of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and people with this disorder are often wrongly diagnosed.

Please include resources for Fragile X in your magazine.

Terri Corcoran

Falls Church, Va.

©2007 American Academy of Neurology

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