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Horm Res Paediatr. 2017;87(2):130-135. doi: 10.1159/000448172. Epub 2016 Sep 10.

Early Bilateral Gonadoblastoma in a Young Child with Mosaicism for Turner Syndrome and Trisomy 18 with Y Chromosome.

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Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland.


Mosaic Turner syndrome (TSM) commonly occurs in the form of 45,X/46,XX and 45,X/46,X,i(X)(q10). Mosaicism for a Y chromosome, 45,X/46,XY, has been well documented and is associated with increased risk of gonadoblastoma (GB). To date, there are only six reported cases of TSM with a trisomy 18 karyotype, and only two of these were phenotypically female with 45,X/47,XY,+18 karyotype. We present the case of a phenotypically female infant born with dysmorphic features. G-banded karyotype and interphase FISH of blood showed 45,X in 95% and 47,XY,+18 (trisomy 18) in 5% of cells analysed. However, interphase FISH of buccal cells showed only the presence of the 45,X cell line. Due to the presence of Y chromosome material, elective gonadectomy was performed at 13 months of age. There were bilateral streak ovaries with early evidence of GB bilaterally, a rudimentary uterus and bilateral fallopian tubes with unilateral ectopic adrenal tissue identified histologically. Interphase FISH of the gonadal tissue was similar to the blood findings with 45,X in 86% of cells and 47,XY,+18 in 14% of cells analysed. This case highlights a rare karyotype of TSM and trisomy 18 in the same patient and is the first reporting the associated finding of bilateral GB.

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