Prenatal diagnosis of a 4q33-4qter deletion in a fetus with hydrops

Zoi Russell, Eftichia V. Kontopoulos, Rubén A. Quintero, David M. Debauche, Judith D. Ranells

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Objective: The 4q- syndrome comprises all microscopically visible deletions of the long arm of chromosome 4. Cases with 4q deletions represent a diverse group that share several phenotypic characteristics. We report the prenatal diagnosis of an isolated terminal 4q33 deletion in a fetus with hydrops. Method: A comprehensive workup, including an amniocentesis, was performed on a 32-week fetus presenting with massive hydrops and polyhydramnios. Results: The karyotype obtained from the amniotic fluid showed an unusual banding pattern on chromosome 4q. Fluorescent in situ hybridization revealed a 4q33-qter deletion. The proband shared several of the phenotypic characteristics of the 4q- syndrome. Multidisciplinary evaluation of the newborn confirmed the genotype and failed to identify another cause for the hydrops. Conclusion: We suggest that the broad spectrum of phenotypes expressed by patients with terminal 4q33 deletions includes hydrops fetalis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)250-253
Number of pages4
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • 4q deletion
  • 4q- syndrome
  • Chromosome 4
  • Hydrops fetalis
  • Terminal deletion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Embryology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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