Hernia: Individuals with Fragile X syndrome (FXS) may have weak connective tissue. As a result, patients have an increased risk of developing hernias. This happens when an organ pushes through a weak spot or abnormal opening in tissue. This condition can be corrected with surgery.
Middle ear infections (otitis media): Patients with FXS have an increased risk of experiencing middle ear infections.
Heart defects: Patients with weak connective tissue may also have heart defects, such as a mitral valve prolapse. This happens when a valve inside the heart does not form properly. As a result, blood in the heart does not flow smoothly, and it may cause a heart murmur. This condition is usually not life threatening. However, individuals with mitral valve prolapses should visit their healthcare providers regularly to monitor their conditions.
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