Pendred syndrome: Phenotypic variability in two families carrying the same PDS missense mutation

Saber Masmoudi, Ilhem Charfedine, Mounira Hmani, M'hamed Grati, Abdel Monem Ghorbel, Amel Elgaied-Boulila, Mohamed Drira, Jean Pierre Hardelin, Hammadi Ayadi

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Pendred syndrome comprises congenital sensorineural hearing loss, thyroid goiter, and positive perchlorate discharge test. Recently, this autosomal recessive disorder was shown to be caused by mutations in the PDS gene, which encodes an anion transporter called pendrin. Molecular analysis of the PDS gene was performed in two consanguineous large families from Southern Tunisia comprising a total of 23 individuals affected with profound congenital deafness; the same missense mutation, L445W, was identified in all affected individuals. A widened vestibular aqueduct was found in all patients who underwent computed tomography (CT) scan exploration of the inner ear. In contrast, goiter was present in only 11 affected individuals, who interestingly had a normal result of the perchlorate discharge test whenever performed. The present results question the sensitivity of the perchlorate test for the diagnosis of Pendred syndrome and support the use of a molecular analysis of the PDS gene in the assessment of individuals with severe to profound congenital hearing loss associated with inner ear morphological anomaly even in the absence of a thyroid goiter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-44
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican journal of medical genetics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 8 2000


  • Linkage
  • Mutation
  • PDS
  • Pendred syndrome
  • Phenotypic heterogeneity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Genetics
  • Genetics(clinical)


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