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Unexpected Spectrum of Mental Illnesses Found in Patients with Rare Genetic Disorder

UC Davis Health

Credit: University of California, Davis

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UC Davis MIND Institute researchers found an unexpected set of mental illnesses in patients with a spectrum of a rare genetic disorder. Their study revealed the need for clinicians to consider the complexities of co-existing conditions in patients with both psychological and fragile X associated disorders. 

Double-Hit Fragile X Spectrum Cases

The patients had a “double-hit” condition that combined features and symptoms of fragile X syndrome and premutation disorder.

Fragile X syndrome (FXS), a rare single-gene disorder, is the leading inherited cause of intellectual disability. It is caused by a lack of ...