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See detailMajor Decrease in the Incidence of Trisomy 21 at Birth in South Belgium: Mass Impact of Triple Test?
Verloes, Alain ULg; Gillerot, Y.; Van Maldergem, Lionel ULg et al

in European Journal of Human Genetics (2001), 9(1), 1-4

In South Belgium (Wallonia), the 'triple test' was introduced in 1990-1991, and is nowadays a widely accepted screening method for assessment of trisomy 21 risk in pregnancy. The 'triple test' is not ... [more ▼]

In South Belgium (Wallonia), the 'triple test' was introduced in 1990-1991, and is nowadays a widely accepted screening method for assessment of trisomy 21 risk in pregnancy. The 'triple test' is not regulated and can be freely performed by any biomedical lab, making epidemiological data unavailable. By contrast, cytogenetic investigations are limited to a few genetic centres, and accurate statistics can be easily built from their files. During the period 1984-1989, a total of 244 trisomy 21 (1/876 pregnancies) were diagnosed in the Genetic Centres of Liege and Loverval, 42 (17%) of them prenatally. During the period 1993-1998, 294 trisomy 21 (1/704 pregnancies) were observed, 165 (56%) of which prenatally, and more than 90% of affected pregnancies were terminated. Even after correction for late foetal loss of trisomic foetuses, the difference is highly significant, and corresponds to a theoretical shift in the incidence of trisomy 21 at birth from 1/794 to 1/1606. As no remarkable progress occurred in other non-invasive prenatal screening procedures or general health care policies in Belgium, the most reasonable explanation is the use on a large scale of triple test by pregnant women, and the election of termination for most affected pregnancies. [less ▲]

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See detailPrivate Multiple Congenital Anomaly Syndromes May Result from Unbalanced Subtle Translocations: T(2q;4p) Explains the Lambotte Syndrome
Herens, Christian ULg; Jamar, Mauricette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics (1997), 73(2), 127-31

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating ... [more ▼]

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating [Verloes et al., Am J Med Genet 1990; 37:119-123]. Major manifestations included intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), microcephaly, large soft pinnae, hypertelorism, beaked nose, and extremely severe neurologic impairment, with holoprosencephaly in one instance. After the observation of a further affected child born of one unaffected sister, in situ hybridization analysis and chromosome painting techniques demonstrated a subtle t(2;4)(q37.1; p16.2) translocation in the mother, suggesting a combination of 2q/4p trisomy/monosomy in all of the affected children of the family. Many private sporadic or recurrent MCA/MR syndromes maybe due to similar symmetric translocations, undetectable by conventional banding techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic Risk in Natural and Medically Assisted Procreation
Koulischer, Lucien ULg; Verloes, Alain ULg; Lesenfants, S. et al

in Early Pregnancy (1997), 3(3), 164-71

Current in vitro fertilization techniques (IVF) including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), microepididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) or testicular sperm extraction (TESE) clearly prevent any ... [more ▼]

Current in vitro fertilization techniques (IVF) including intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), microepididymal sperm aspiration (MESA) or testicular sperm extraction (TESE) clearly prevent any spontaneous choice of ova or spermatozoa. According to the widely admitted concept of gamete selection, pregnancies following IVF, when compared to natural fertilization, could therefore present a higher risk of genetic anomalies. However, no increased fetal or newborn abnormalities are noticed with IVF, except perhaps for sex chromosome aneuploidies. Data from the literature support the view that the uterus is, indeed, the organ where selection mechanisms occur (when they do so), as suggested by Carr in 1971. This selection concerns mainly autosome imbalances; unbalanced conceptuses are aborted. Sex chromosome aneuploidies, apparently, are less prone to natural abortion, but their higher rate of occurrence, as reported in a few series of studies, does not seem to be associated with the IVF procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrocephaly, muscular build, rhizomelia, and cataracts: Description of a possible recessive syndrome and some comments on the use of electronic databases in syndromology
Verloes, Alain ULg; Lesenfants, S.; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics (1997), 68(4), 455-60461

We report on a 7-year-old boy born of consanguineous parents with severe microcephaly (-5 SD) but borderline intelligence, juvenile cataract, muscular build, rhizomelic shortness of limbs predominantly of ... [more ▼]

We report on a 7-year-old boy born of consanguineous parents with severe microcephaly (-5 SD) but borderline intelligence, juvenile cataract, muscular build, rhizomelic shortness of limbs predominantly of femora, advanced bone age, and micropenis. This combination of signs appears unique and may represent an undescribed, possibly autosomal recessive MCA syndrome. The use of LDDB and POSSUM in the workup of such "new syndromes" is reviewed. Three search strategies are discussed: single rare sign browsing, best combinatory fit using an array of key words, and combined rare signs scan. Pitfalls in the use of such databases and the some problems raised by inconsistent/ incomplete encoding in those two popular, highly useful syndromology retrieval systems are discussed. [less ▲]

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