In an Italian population of 275 unrelated men affected by adult-onset sporadic progressive cerebellar ataxia, the authors found six patients carrying an FMR1 gene premutation. Age at onset (range, 53 to 69 years) and clinical-neuropathologic findings were consistent with the fragile-X tremor ataxia syndrome (FXTAS), although tremor was not as common as previously described. FXTAS accounted for 4.2% of the cases diagnosed at >50 years, suggesting that it is a frequent genetic cause of late-onset sporadic ataxia.
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|Publication status||Published - Jan 11 2005|
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