Trisomy Disorders

New report of two patients with mosaic trisomy 9 presenting unusual features and longer survival.

Posted on: February 13, 2012

New report of two patients with mosaic trisomy 9 presenting unusual features and longer survival.

Dec 2011

Zen PRRosa RFRosa RCGraziadio CPaskulin GA.


Program and Clinical Geneticist, Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre.


Key words: Mosaicism. Chromosomes, human, pair 9. Chromosome aberrations. Goldenhar syndrome. Survivorship (Public health).

CONTEXT: Mosaic trisomy 9 is considered to be a rare chromosomal abnormality with limited survival. Our objective was to report on two patients with mosaic trisomy 9 presenting unusual findings and prolonged survival.


The first patient was a boy aged six years and five months presenting weight of 14.5 kg (< P3), height of 112 cm (P10), head circumference of 49 cm (P2), prominent forehead, triangular and asymmetric face, thin lips, right microtia with overfolded helix, small hands, micropenis (< P10), small testes and hallux valgus. His lymphocyte karyotype was mos 47,XY,+9 [4 ]/46,XY [50 ]. Additional cytogenetic assessment of the skin showed normal results. The second patient was a two-year-old girl who was initially assessed at five months of age, when she presented weight of 5.3 kg (< P3), height of 61.5 cm (P2-P10), head circumference of 40.5 cm (P25), sparse hair, micrognathia, right ear with overfolded helix and preauricular pit, triphalangeal thumbs and sacral dimple. She also had a history of congenital heart disease, hearing loss, hypotonia, delayed neuropsychomotor development and swallowing disorder. Her lymphocyte karyotype was mos 47,XX,+9 [3 ]/46,XX [69 ]. Both patients had unusual clinical findings (the first, hemifacial hypoplasia associated with microtia, with a phenotype of oculo-auriculo-vertebral spectrum, and the second, triphalangeal thumbs and hearing loss) and survival greater than what is usually described in the literature (< 1 year). Further reports will be critical for delineating the clinical features and determining the evolution of patients with mosaic trisomy 9.

SciElo Sao Paulo Medical Journal

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