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Rett syndrome molecular diagnosis and implications in genetic counseling

Authors
Journal
Indian Journal of Human Genetics
0971-6866
Publisher
Medknow Publications
Publication Date
Volume
13
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.4103/0971-6866.38987
Keywords
  • Case Report
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Rett syndrome is a rare genetic X-linked dominant disorder. This syndrome is the most frequent cause of mental retardation in girls. In the classical form of the disease, the presenting signs and the course of development are characteristic. However clinical diagnosis can be very difficult when the expression is not in the classical form. Mutations in MeCP2 are responsible for 80% of cases. When MeCP2 mutation is found in an index case, genetic counseling is similar to that in other X-linked dominant genetic diseases. However, mutations in this gene can cause a spectrum of atypical forms. On the other hand, other genetic conditions like translocations, sex chromosome numerical anomalies, and mutations in other genes can complicate genetic counseling in this syndrome. We present the first case of molecular diagnosis of Rett syndrome in Iran and discuss the recent developments in its genetic counseling.

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