Partial Trisomy 15q and Partial Monosomy 17q in a Boy with Various Dysmorphic Findings


Büşra Eser Çavdartepe ORCID 1 , * , Nadir Koçak 1 , Tülin Çora 1

1 Department of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine, Selcuk University, Faculty of Medicine, Konya, Turkey

How to Cite: Eser Çavdartepe B, Koçak N, Çora T. Partial Trisomy 15q and Partial Monosomy 17q in a Boy with Various Dysmorphic Findings, Iran J Pediatr. Online ahead of Print ; 29(3):e69494. doi: 10.5812/ijp.69494.


Iranian Journal of Pediatrics: 29 (3); e69494
Published Online: May 7, 2019
Article Type: Letter
Received: April 16, 2018
Accepted: January 8, 2019

Dear Editor,

Trisomies are the most common chromosomal anomalies in humans and constitute about 4% of clinically prescribed pregnancies (1). Trisomy 15, from these, is incompatible with life and constitutes 1.7% of spontaneous abortions (1). Partial trisomies display milder clinical signs than complete trisomies. The partial trisomy of the 15th chromosome has been reported for the first time in 1974, which is life-compatible and is a rare chromosomal anomaly (2). This chromosomal rearrangement often occurs as an unbalanced segregation product of a parent with balanced translocation. The fracture regions in the majority of the cases are 15q22 and distal to it (3, 4). The chromosomal rearrangement that causes partial trisomy 15, the other chromosome that accompanies chromosome 15, varies between cases. In this report, we present a case of partial trisomy 15, which appears as an unbalanced segregation product of a mother with a reciprocal translocation between chromosomes 15 and 17.

A 5-month-old male infant was directed to our clinic because of atypical facial appearance. The patient was the first child of the family and his parents were 25 years old. Parents were first-degree cousins. Physical examination of the patient revealed microcephaly, low-set ears, high palate, micrognathia, triangular facial structure, bilateral ptosis, short philtrum, prominent nasal structure, full cheeks, widely spaced nipples, pectus excavatum, arachnodactyly and elongated foot structure (Figure 1). There was also anal stenosis, right sided inguinal hernia and undescended testis in the patient. Hypertonicity was observed in the patient. Echocardiography revealed mild pulmonary stenosis and patent foramen ovale. When the family story was questioned, it was learned that the child of the patient's aunt (III-5) had a developmental retardation and patient’s uncle (II-5) could not have children from his two marriages (Figure 2). After obtaining written informed consent, cytogenetic analyses were performed from the patient and his parents.

Figure 1. Phenotypic characteristics of proband. A, Microcephaly, low set ears, micrognathia, triangular facial structure, bilateral ptosis, prominent nasal structure, full cheeks; B, elongated foot structure; and C, hypertonicity, widely spaced nipples, pectus excavatum, arachnodactyly.

As a result of conventional cytogenetic analysis of the patient, the karyotype was 46,XY,der(17)t(15;17)(q22;q25). In the parents, karyotype 46,XX,t(15;17)(q22;q25) was detected in the mother and 46,XY in the father. According to these results, our proband had inherited an unbalanced segregation product in the 2:2 meiotic segregation of the translocation carrier mother. Our patient is partial trisomic for chromosome 15 and partial monosomic for chromosome 17 (Figure 3). The phenotypic features present in the patient are partially compatible with the reported partial trisomy 15 cases, but also contain some differences. The reason for these differences may be related to the partial monosomy of the 17th chromosome, the second chromosome associated with translocation (5). A case reported in 2000 has the same karyotype as our proband and is similar in clinical findings (6). Low-set ears, prominent nasal structure, high palate, micrognathia, short neck and cardiac findings are common, while arachnodactyly, pectus excavatum, hypertonicity, inguinal hernia and undescended testis are different findings present in our case. In conclusion, it is important to take family history and make appropriate diagnostic tests in a child with multiple congenital anomalies, so that detailed genetic counseling can be given to the family.

Figure 3. Rearranged chromosomes of the mother and proband



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