The fragile X in Sicily: An epidemiological survey

G. Neri, S. Sanfilippo, L. Pavone, F. Mollica, I. Barberi, L. Giuffre, C. Romano, T. Mattina, M. Cammarata, M. G. Ragusa, V. Sammito, G. Ventimiglia, S. A. Musumeci

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We have studied a group of 349 institutionalized propositi with mental retardation, and found 12 fra(X)-positive cases among 155 males (7.7%) and 8 fra(X)-positive cases among 194 females (4.1%). The males had characteristic manifestations of the Martin-Bell syndrome. Another 7 males, who were initially considered 'borderline', having expression of fra(X) <4% and a non-characteristic phenotype, were eventually considered negative. Among 5,624 patients (2,764 males and 2,860 females) that were admitted to the Pediatric Department of the University of Catania during the period July 1986 - June 1987, 210 (120 males and 90 females) had mental retardation. Of these, 75 were analyzed for the presence of fra(X) (q27.3); 5 males (0.18% of all males) and 2 females (0.07% of all females) were fra(X)-positive. The males had the Martin Bell syndrome phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)665-672
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics(clinical)


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