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Fragile X is diagnosed with a blood test to check for the fragile X gene.
You should consider having your child tested for fragile X if he or she has any autism-like behaviors, developmental delays, speech or language delays or learning disabilities.
Most parents start to notice symptoms when their children are infants or toddlers. Boys with fragile X are usually diagnosed by age 3. Since girls tend to have milder symptoms, they are often not diagnosed until later.
The fragile X gene can be detected during pregnancy, but even if the test shows the mutation, it’s impossible to know which, if any, symptoms a child will have or how severe they will be. You should consider prenatal testing if you know you’re a carrier of the fragile X gene or if there is a history of fragile X in your family.
Tests for fragile X in pregnancy include:
Prenatal tests carry some risks for both mother and baby, so talk with your clinician about the pros and cons before testing.
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