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Am J Med Genet. 2000 Dec 4;96(6):839-44.

Case with autistic syndrome and chromosome 22q13.3 deletion detected by FISH.

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Department of Medical Genetics, CHU Pellegrin, Bordeaux, France.


Autism is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder with a strong genetic component. Co-occurrence of autism and chromosomal abnormalities is useful to localize candidate regions that may include gene(s) implicated in autism determinism. Several candidate chromosomal regions are known, but association of chromosome 22 abnormalities with autism is unusual. We report a child with autistic syndrome and a de novo 22q13.3 cryptic deletion detected by FISH. Previously described cases with 22q13.3 deletions shared characteristic developmental and speech delay, but autism was not specifically reported. This case emphasizes a new candidate region that may bear a gene involved in autism etiopathogenesis. Am. J. Med. Genet. (Neuropsychiatr. Genet.) 96:839-844, 2000.

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