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J Med Genet. 1994 Feb;31(2):99-102.

Pseudodicentric chromosome 18 diagnosed by chromosome painting and primed in situ labelling (PRINS).

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Institute of Human Genetics, Aarhus University, Denmark.


We report on a newborn white male infant with marked dysmorphic features and various congenital malformations. The initial clinical evaluation showed Crouzon-like features as well as some features of trisomy 18 syndrome and trisomy 13 syndrome. The results from conventional cytogenetic analysis showed a structurally abnormal chromosome replacing one normal chromosome 18, but only by applying molecular cytogenetic methods could the architecture of this abnormal chromosome be characterised clearly. The primed in situ labelling (PRINS) technique, using a newly synthesised alpha 18 oligonucleotide, showed the dicentric pattern and direct chromosome painting established the origin to be from chromosome 18. The combination of conventional cytogenetics and molecular cytogenetics showed the karyotype in the proband to be 45,XY,-14,-18,-21,+t(14;21),+psu dic(18) (qter-->cen-->p11.3: :p11.3-->psu cen-->qter). This was supported by molecular analysis using chromosome 18 specific DNA markers, which showed the paternal origin of the abnormal chromosome.

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