Fragile X is one of the more complicated conditions to explain, so we are sharing 7 basic facts about the biology and genetics of Fragile X
In this conference session, Dr. Deborah Hall provides a clinical overview of the diagnosis and treatment of FXTAS, including a summary of its clinical features, treatment options, and information about in-vitro fertilization.
Neurologists Drs. Deborah Hall and Maureen Leehey provide an overview of FXTAS, a summary of the clinical features in the disease, and treatment options, including surgery, for FXTAS patients.
Steve was diagnosed with FXTAS 8 years ago, and since then, he and his family have provided significant financial support to FXTAS programming at the NFXF. They are supporting our goal to build a worldwide consortium of FXTAS clinics to help improve the rate of diagnosis and the delivery of current treatments. This will also set us up to be ready to conduct future clinical trials for new treatments.
Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS) is a disorder that affects Fragile X premutation carriers, typically over the age of 55. Individuals with FXTAS have tremor of their hands when they are using their hands to do activities. They also have difficulty with their walking, appearing as if they were drunk even though they are sober. As the disease progresses over time, people with FXTAS can develop problems with memory and loss of sensation in the feet. Symptoms are highly variable, with some FXTAS patients having more severe tremor and others having more balance issues. Women tend to be more mildly affected, if they are affected at all, due to the typical presence of a normal Fragile X gene on their second chromosome.
Family caregivers play a critical role in managing the needs of individuals with FXTAS throughout the course of the illness. People with FXTAS rely on caregivers for a wide range of support—preparation of meals, household chores, transportation, medications, bathing, dressing, feeding, physical, emotional and social care, and managing family money.
When children with FXS enter the relationship, married couples must adapt to their new roles while trying to stay connected as lovers and partners. Diane Smith gives us some pointers.
Dr. Randi Hagerman gave this plenary talk regarding premutation involvement in women, but the FXTAS information here is equally important in men.
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My whole marriage to my husband Vince can be described by one acronym: FXTAS. Our wedding was in April 1999. It was a second marriage for us both, and we weren’t youngsters (I was 48 and Vince was 64), but I thought we were both healthy. We had no inkling that Vince’s mind was already deteriorating from FXTAS.
Since its identification less than a decade ago, researchers have learned a good deal about Fragile X-associated tremor/ataxia syndrome (FXTAS). Not surprisingly, each advance has raised a set of new questions. Progress seems to come [...]