Optic nerve coloboma as extension of the phenotype of 22q11.23 duplication syndrome: A case report Academic Article


  • BMC Ophthalmology


  • Background: 22q11.2 duplication syndrome (Dup22q11.2) has reduced penetrance and variable expressivity. Those affected may have intellectual disabilities, dysmorphic facial features, and ocular alterations such as ptosis, hypertelorism, nystagmus, and chorioretinal coloboma. The prevalence of this syndrome is unknown, there are only approximately 100 cases reported. However Dup22q11.2 should have a similar prevalence of DiGeorge syndrome (1 in each 4000 new-borns), in which the same chromosomal region that is duplicated in Dup22q11.2 is deleted. Case presentation: We report a patient with intellectual disability, psychomotor development delay, hearing loss with disyllable pronunciation only, hyperactivity, self-harm, hetero-aggressive behaviour, facial dysmorphism, left facial paralysis, post-axial polydactyly, and for the first time in patients with Dup22q11.2, optic nerve coloboma and dysplasia in optic nerve. Array comparative genomic hybridization showed a 22q11.23 duplication of 1.306 million base pairs. Conclusions: New ocular findings in Dup22q11.2 syndrome, such as coloboma and dysplasia in the optic nerve, are reported here, contributing to the phenotypic characterization of a rarely diagnosed genetic syndrome. A complete characterization of the phenotype is necessary to increase the rate of clinical suspicion and then the genetic diagnostic. In addition, through bioinformatics analysis of the genes mapped to the 22q11.2 region, it is proposed that deregulation of the SPECC1L gene could be implicated in the development of ocular coloboma.

publication date

  • 2020-8-17


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  • Base Pairing
  • Chromosome 22q11.2 Microduplication Syndrome
  • Coloboma
  • Coloboma of optic nerve
  • Comparative Genomic Hybridization
  • Computational Biology
  • DiGeorge Syndrome
  • Eye
  • Facial Paralysis
  • Genes
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hypertelorism
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Optic Nerve
  • Penetrance
  • Phenotype
  • Polydactyly

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1471-2415