Interstitial de novo 18q22.3q23 deletion: clinical, neuroradiological and molecular characterization of a new case and review of the literature

Elisa Tassano, Mariasavina Severino, Silvia Rosina, Riccardo Papa, Domenico Tortora, Giorgio Gimelli, Cristina Cuoco, Paolo Picco

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Background: Deletions of the long arm of chromosome 18 cause a common autosomal syndrome clinically characterized by a protean clinical phenotype. Case presentation: We report on a 16-month-old male infant affected by fever attacks apparently unrelated with any infectious or inflammatory symptoms, growth retardation, bilateral vertical talus, congenital aural atresia, dysmorphisms, mild psychomotor delay, and peculiar neuroradiological features. Array-CGH analysis revealed one of the smallest 18q22.3q23 interstitial deletions involving five genes: TSHZ1, ZNF516, ZNF236, MBP, and GALR1. Conclusions: Herein we focus on previously unreported heralding symptoms and neuroradiological abnormalities which enlarge the spectrum of 18q deletion syndrome demonstrating that a small deletion can determine a complex phenotype.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
JournalMolecular Cytogenetics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 10 2016



  • 18q- syndrome
  • Array CGH
  • Brain MRI
  • Diffusion tensor imaging
  • Radial diffusivity
  • Spectroscopy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Biochemistry, medical

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