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Mosaicism in Carrier of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Mutation – Implication for Prenatal Diagnosis

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source: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology

year: 2019

authors: Dinh LT, Nguyen DH, Luong LH, Le PT, Le-Anh TP, Tran DQ, Tran TH, Bui TH, Van Ta T, Tran VK



Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a severe disorder caused by mutation in the X-linked dystrophin gene, therefor carrier testing is required for all female family members. However, there are cases mutation analysis cannot detect any mutation due to a phenomenon called mosaicism. The case report describes a case of mosaicism in a DMD carrier and discusses the approach in diagnosis and counseling of familial disorder.

Case Report:

The proband was diagnosed with DMD at age six. Sequencing of Dystrophin gene identified a 2-nucleotide deletion c.2032_2033delCA, p.Q678DfsX41. Family investigation suggested that the mother was an obligate carrier of Dystrophin mutation. Sequencing of DNA sample from the mother’s peripheral blood did not reveal any mutation, there for we take sample from hair follicle for analysis. The result indicated that the mother was a carrier but was masked from initial analysis by mosaicism.


We suggested that more care need to be taken in identifying cases when no mutation was detected in probable or obligate carrier and prenatal diagnosis should remain an option.

organization: Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam; Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden

DOI: 10.1016/j.tjog.2018.10.019

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