How does illness affect people with Arts syndrome?
Boys with Arts syndrome have a very high risk to develop infections. They are especially susceptible to respiratory infections throughout their life, and often have recurrent infections. This is a very severe symptom of Arts syndrome. A common cold can have devastating effects for boys with Arts syndrome. Most boys with Arts syndrome reported in the medical literature died in early childhood because of repeated infections, although other boys with the disorder have lived longer. Most females do not develop symptoms of Arts syndrome. For those that do, there have not been any reports that they are more susceptible to infection.
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