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Is there a cure for Fragile X syndrome?

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Although research continues and knowledge about Fragile X and its characteristics grows, there is no cure for Fragile X at this time.

Are there treatments for Fragile X syndrome?

Currently there is no definitive, single treatment for Fragile X. However, there are a variety of ways to help minimize the symptoms of the condition. Children with Fragile X who receive appropriate education, behavioral or physical therapy, and medication have the best chance of using their individual capabilities and skills. Even those with significant mental retardation can learn to master many self-help skills.

One important factor in developing a child’s long-term potential is early intervention. The sooner a child begins to get help, the more opportunity for learning. Because a young child’s brain is still forming, early intervention gives children the best start possible and the best chance of developing their full potential. Even so, no matter when a person is diagnosed with Fragile X, it’s never too late to benefit from treatment.

Some treatment options include:

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Last Updated Date: 08/18/2006
Last Reviewed Date: 08/18/2006
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