Phenotypic variability of Cat-Eye syndrome

Genet Couns. 2001;12(1):23-34.


Cat-Eye syndrome (CES) is a disorder with a variable pattern of multiple congenital anomalies of which coloboma of the iris and anal atresia are the best known. CES is cytogenetically characterised by the presence of an extra bisatellited marker chromosome, which represents an inverted dicentric duplication of a part of chromosome 22 (inv dup(22)). We report on three CES-patients who carry an inv dup(22) diagnosed with FISH studies. They show remarkable phenotypic variability. The cause of this variability is unknown. Furthermore, we review clinical features of 71 reported patients. Only 41% of the CES-patients have the combination of iris coloboma, anal anomalies and pre-auricular anomalies. Therefore, almost 60% of the CES-patients are hard to recognize by their phenotype alone. Mild to moderate mental retardation was found in 32% (16/50) of the cases. Mental retardation occurs more frequently in male CES-patients. There is no apparent phenotypic difference between mentally retarded and mentally normal CES-patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / genetics
  • Abnormalities, Multiple / pathology*
  • Adult
  • Anal Canal / abnormalities
  • Chromosome Inversion
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 22
  • Coloboma* / genetics
  • Coloboma* / pathology
  • Cytogenetic Analysis
  • Female
  • Gene Duplication
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics
  • Iris / abnormalities*
  • Male
  • Phenotype
  • Syndrome