New molecular research has provided strong evidence for different forms of the fragile X mutation. These findings suggest the need to develop a more standardized and sensitive method for determining neurobehavioral effects of the fragile X gene(s), particularly for molecular studies of patients who do not have obvious mental retardation. This report describes a brief screening questionnaire designed to increase the detection of neurobehavioral dysfunction in individuals from fragile X families who are included in new molecular studies. Improved detection of the affected state in fragile X syndrome will allow more valid clinical data to be correlated with the important molecular information currently being collected.
- Fragile X syndrome
- X-linked mental retardation