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Proximal 10q trisomy: a new case with anal atresia
  1. F W F LAM*,
  2. W K CHAN*,
  3. S T S LAM*,
  4. W P CHU,
  5. N S KWONG
  1. *Clinical Genetic Service, Department of Health, Hong Kong, China
  2. Department of Paediatrics, Tuen Mun Hospital, Hong Kong, China
  1. Dr Lam, Clinical Genetic Service, 3/F, Cheung Sha Wan Jockey Club Clinic, 2 Kwong Lee Road, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon, Hong Kong, wflam{at}

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Editor—Duplication of proximal segments of the long arm of chromosome 10 is rare and results in a pattern of malformations and dysmorphic features that are distinct from those of the more common distal 10q trisomy syndrome. To our knowledge, only nine patients with proximal 10q trisomy have been documented. Well defined clinical features of proximal 10q trisomy syndrome are growth and developmental retardation, ocular malformations like iris coloboma and retinal dysplasia, craniofacial dysmorphism, cardiac defects, and skeletal changes.1-9 We describe anal atresia with fistula, coloboma of the iris, retinal dysplasia, developmental delay, and unusual facial features in a girl with de novo direct duplication of 10q11.2-22.3. In order to delineate the syndrome further, her phenotype at birth and on follow up at 8 months of age is also compared with the known cases.

Our proband is a Chinese girl, the second child born to a pair of non-consanguineous, healthy parents. She was born at term with a birth weight of 3000 g (50th centile) after an uneventful antenatal period. She was then ascertained because of multiple congenital anomalies including multiple capillary haemangiomata, bilateral micro-ophthalmia with colobomata of the irides, imperforate anus, and structural club feet. Further radiological contrast study confirmed anal atresia of low type, with an anovaginal fistula just above the anatomical anal verge. Detailed ophthalmological examination showed bilateral hypoplasia of the optic discs and fovea with general retinal pigmentary disturbance. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain showed absence of myelination of the optic tract. Echocardiogram and renal ultrasound examination were normal.

After anoplasty on day 1, our patient enjoyed relatively good general health. Up to 8 months of age, her physical growth was between the 25th and 50th centile for body length, weight, and head circumference. However, developmental assessment showed that she was globally delayed with no visual response. Unusual craniofacial features included prominent forehead, divergent strabismus, deep set eyes with blepharophimosis, epicanthus, short philtrum, upturned nostrils, bow shaped mouth (fig 1), high arched palate, low set and flattened ears with thick helices and anthelices, and multiple capillary haemangiomata on the upper eyelids, left ear, and submandibular region. Neurological examination showed generalised hypertonia and brisk knee jerks.

Figure 1

Facial appearance of the proband: prominent forehead, blepharophimosis, anteverted nostrils, short philtrum, bow shaped mouth, and capillary haemangiomata on the upper eyelids and left submandibular region.

Peripheral blood lymphocyte cultures were prepared for Giemsa banding analysis using standard techniques.10 Metaphase chromosomes were analysed by high resolution banding at the 550 to 850 band level.11 The karyotype is 46,XX,dup(10)(q11.21-q22.3) where one chromosome 10 contains an extra chromosomal segment, which is identified as a duplication of chromosome 10 from q11.21 to q22.3. Fig2 shows the normal chromosome 10 (left) and the duplicated chromosome 10 (right). The origin of the extra segment was confirmed by fluorescence in situ hybridisation using a whole chromosome painting probe for chromosome 10 according to a standard protocol.12 Karyotypes on peripheral blood lymphocytes of both parents were normal.

Figure 2

Normal chromosome 10 (left) and the abnormal chromosome 10 (right) showing the duplicated segment containing region 10q11.2 to q22.3.

Our patient has a de novo direct duplication of 10q11.2-q22.3, which is evident by high resolution karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridisation using a whole chromosome painting probe of chromosome 10. Serial duplication refers to the duplication of a chromosomal segment within the same chromosome, which has been well described in autosomes. It was suggested that it might arise from unequal crossing over or a spontaneous reciprocal translocation during meiosis in either parent, involving homologous chromosomes.1 Direct duplication describes the same orientation of the duplicated segment to the centromere as the original segment.

Duplication of the proximal long arm of chromosome 10 is rare and a distinct pattern of malformations has been established from the previously reported nine cases. The characteristic features of the present and reported cases are compared in table 1. In summary, the present patient displayed the typical dysmorphic features as well as characteristic ocular and ophthalmological malformations of proximal 10q trisomy. On the other hand, she also had unique clinical features of anal atresia with anovaginal fistula and multiple capillary haemangiomata on the face and neck. Moreover, at 8 months old her physical growth was not retarded as in the previously described patients.

Table 1

Comparison of clinical features of patients with proximal trisomy 10q

Our patient is distinctive in having anal malformation. It is possible but unlikely that the chromosomal rearrangement and the major malformation of imperforate anus occurred coincidentally given the relatively rare occurrence of both. Although it has never been reported in proximal 10q rearrangements, anal malformations like imperforate anus,13-15 anteriorly displaced anus,16 and “cloaca-like” appearance of an anterior anus and posterior urethra17 have been reported in cases of partial monosomy of distal 10q. In their report, Tsukuda et al 13 reviewed cases with anogenital anomalies and partial monosomy of distal 10q with breakpoints at 10q25 and 10q26 and suggested that segment 10q25-26 might contain genes involved in rectal and anal development. Interestingly, our proband has anal atresia and duplication of a more proximal segment, 10q11.2-q22.3. To date, mapping of genes on the long arm of chromosome 10 does not yield any candidate specific for anorectal development. The RETproto-oncogene, which is mapped to 10q11.2, is associated with colonic agangliosis,18 which results in Hirschsprung's disease but not structural anal defect.

On the other hand, ocular and ophthalmological malformations are well known in trisomy distal 10q syndrome and encompass a broad spectrum. Frequently found ocular findings include hypertelorism, microphthalmia, and blepharoptosis19 and an isolated case showed poor development of the anterior chamber.20 Ophthalmological findings are rarer in trisomy distal 10q and pallor or blurring of the optic discs have been described.20 21 Our patient had microphthalmia, deep set eyes, iris coloboma, hypoplasia of the optic discs, pigmentary retinal dysplasia and absence of myelination of the optic tract. Her eye malformations were more extensive than other reported cases of partial 10q trisomy. Therefore, we emphasise that detailed and sophisticated ophthalmological assessment should be performed in all cases of trisomy 10q.

In conclusion, we describe a patient with serial duplication of 10q(11.2-22.3), who displayed not only common features of the previously reported cases but also anal atresia, which was only reported in distal monosomy 10q. Her ocular and optic pathway malformations were also well delineated and compared to other cases of trisomy 10q. We expand the spectrum of anomalies associated with this rare chromosomal rearrangement in order to facilitate early clinical recognition and we believe that ongoing gene mapping will elucidate a better karyotype-phenotype correlation in the near future.