We report on three cases of partial trisomy 2p in which the identification and exact localization of the duplicated chromosome segment was possible only by application of molecular cytogenetic techniques. These included fluorescence in situ hybridization by use of wcp2, N-myc, and subtelomeric 2p probes and comparative genomic hybridization with DNA isolated from blood samples, frozen fetal tendon, and formalin fixed, paraffin-embedded fetal lung tissue. Two of the cases concerned fetuses of gestational week 20 and 24 with duplication of nonoverlapping terminal (2pter-->p24) and more proximal (2p25-->p23) segments and with distinctly different phenotypes. The third case was due to a de novo inverted duplication of 2p25-->p23, with loss of the subtelomeric region of 2p. This 53-month-old girl was a Bloom syndrome carrier. The patient had prenatal growth failure, borderline microcephaly, dilated lateral horns of the cerebral ventricles, transient cortical blindness, myopia, muscle hypotonia, and dilatation of the left renal collecting system. Dermal cysts were found on the glabella, the soles of both feet, and the vocal cord, causing respiratory embarrassment. Previously reported cases of pure trisomy 2p are reviewed, in an attempt to correlate clinical findings to overlapping regions in 2p. These cases illustrate the effectiveness of molecular cytogenetic methods in resolving subtle chromosomal aberrations in order to coordinate more accurately a chromosome regionspecific phenotype.