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    ABSTRACT: Subtelomeric chromosome aberrations: still a lot to learn.Cryptic subtelomeric chromosome aberrations are a significant cause of mental retardation (MR). More than 4000 patients have been investigated, and the mean overall prevalence of subtelomeric rearrangements has been found to be 5.2%. In order to contribute to knowledge on the clinical presentation of subtelomeric rearrangements, we retrospectively studied patients with unexplained MR who had been evaluated for subtelomeric abnormalities by different fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques. Hundred and two patients had an unexplained combination of MR with dysmorphism, congenital anomalies, and/or a positive family history and were investigated by total subtelomeric (TS) FISH (89/102), or by total painting (TP) in an obligate carrier in the case of familial MR (13/102). In 59 additional patients, a sequence-specific FISH was performed on clinical indication. In the 102 patients studied by TS or TP, six pathogenic aberrations (5.9%) were found in addition to one polymorphism. In total, eight clinically significant subtelomeric aberrations were found in the 161 index patients; four of these eight aberrations were familial. We report on the clinical presentation of all patients with an aberration and review the relevant literature. Factors complicating the interpretation of subtelomeric rearrangements are discussed, such as the occurrence of variants, clinical variability, and limited knowledge of the phenotype.
    Clinical Genetics 12/2005; 68(5):397-407. DOI:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2005.00506.x · 3.93 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report a prematurely born patient with a 68,XX karyotype. She presented with syndactyly of 2nd and 3rd toes, minor facial features, microcephaly, slender hands, bicuspid aortic valve, patent ductus arteriosus and hypotonia. Comparison with other reported cases is given.
    Genetic counseling (Geneva, Switzerland) 02/2004; 15(3):329-33. · 0.44 Impact Factor