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J Med Genet 38:646-647 doi:10.1136/jmg.38.9.646
  • Letters to the editor

A novel mutation in the endothelin B receptor gene in a patient with Shah-Waardenburg syndrome and Down syndrome

  1. J P Boardmana,
  2. P Syrrisb,
  3. S E Holderc,
  4. N J Robertsona,
  5. N Carterb,
  6. K Lakhooa
  1. aDepartment of Paediatrics and Paediatric Surgery, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0HS, UK, bMedical Genetics Unit, St George's Hospital Medical School, Cranmer Terrace, London SW17 0RE, UK, cKennedy-Galton Centre, Medical and Community Genetics, North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ, UK
  1. Dr Holder, s.holder{at}ic.ac.uk

    Editor—A case of Down syndrome, total gut Hirschsprung disease (HSCR), and segmental hypopigmentation is described in a neonate presenting with bowel obstruction. In addition to having trisomy 21, this patient was homozygous for a novel mutation in the endothelin B receptor (EDNRB) gene.

    A term female infant with karyotype 47,XX,+21 presented on day 3 of life with bowel obstruction. She was of Somali origin and had large areas of segmental hypopigmentation affecting the left side of the face and trunk, the left upper limb, including the hair follicles, and had white scalp hair. At laparotomy she had an annular pancreas, duodenal web, and inspissated meconium in the ileum and colon, for which she underwent a duodenoduodenostomy. Histology of the rectal biopsy and appendix was inconclusive at this stage. Intestinal obstruction persisted and on day 20 she underwent a further laparotomy, which showed breakdown of the original anastomosis. Intraoperative frozen sections showed complete aganglionosis throughout the entire large and small …