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The occurrence of seizures in patients with fragile X syndrome (Fra-X) is reported. Among the 30 patients, six had epilepsy that was particularly severe and two also showed atypical facial dysmorphism that was different from that seen in classical Fra-X. From the study performed in this series of Fra-X patients the authors arrived at the following(More)
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a frequent behavioral problem in young boys with fragile X syndrome (FXS), and its treatment is critical for improving social ability. The short-term efficacy of stimulant medications like methylphenidate (MPH) is well established in children with ADHD. FXS boys treated with MPH have improved attention span(More)
Recently, an atypical form of celiac disease (CD) has been identified, in which gastrointestinal symptoms are less pronounced. Other organs can be more or less severely affected, and the disease might be unrecognized and undiagnosed. In some cases, hypertransaminasemia has been indicated as the first symptom of CD in infancy. A direct relationship between(More)
Hypertrichosis cubiti (HC) or hairy elbow syndrome (OMIM # 139600) consists of a localised form of long vellus hair on the extensor surfaces of the distal third of the upper arm and the proximal third of the forearm bilaterally, or occasionally on other parts of the body. In the 28 cases reported in the literature so far the elbow hair abnormality was(More)
Congenital disorder of glycosylation (CDG) type Ia (PMM2 mutations) is the most common genetic disorder of protein N-glycosylation. The wide clinical spectrum with mild to severe impairment of neurological function and extensive allelic heterogeneity hamper phenotype-genotype comparison. We report on two male adult siblings with the PMM2 mutations c. 385G >(More)
We report on the incidence of seizures in 113 patients with Down Syndrome (DS), 43 coming from the OASI Institute for Research on Mental Retardation and Brain Aging, Troina, and 70 from the outpatient clinic of the Department of Pediatrics, University of Catania. We obtained the following results: 15 (13.2%) patients had seizures; 6 (5.3%) febrile seizures(More)
We report on a clinical-genetic study of 16 Wolf-Hirschhorn syndrome (WHS) patients. Hemizygosity of 4p16.3 was detected by conventional prometaphase chromosome analysis (11 patients) or by molecular probes on apparently normal chromosomes (4 patients). One patient had normal chromosomes without a detectable molecular deletion within the WHS "critical(More)
Untreated classic galactosemia (galactose-1-phosphate uridyltransferase [GALT] deficiency) is known as a secondary congenital disorders of glycosylation (CDG) characterized by galactose deficiency of glycoproteins and glycolipids (processing defect or CDG-II). The mechanism of this undergalactosylation has not been established. Here we show that in(More)
Angelman syndrome (AS) is a neuro-behavioural, genetically determined condition, characterized by ataxic jerky movements, happy sociable disposition and unprovoked bouts of laughter in association with seizures, learning disabilities and language impairment. Most of the cases are hardly diagnosed during infancy as jerky movements, the cardinal sign, appear(More)
The current paper describes the natural history and management of mucopolysaccharidosis VI (MPS VI) in all patients currently diagnosed with the disease in Italy. Nine patients (5.5-14.4 years) were included in the data review in March 2008. Gestational and perinatal data were normal for all patients. Median age at diagnosis was 1.9 years. During the course(More)