The 18q- syndrome is relatively common among cytogenetic abnormalities occurring in approximately 1 in 40,000 live births. However, interstitial deletions involving 18q12.2 to q21.1 are much less common. Only 15 cases have been reported in the literature. A phenotypic pattern is emerging of mild dysmorphic features, mental retardation, behavior abnormalities, and the lack of serious malformations. We present a 67-year-old woman with minor dysmorphic features, moderate mental retardation, hyperphagia, and del(18)(q12.2q21.1). This patient is presented for the natural history of this deletion syndrome as well as the behavioral phenotype.
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