We report on a case of a 9-month-old female infant with a direct duplication of the 7p13-p22.1 chromosome region diagnosed by combining conventional cytogenetic, FISH, and multicolor banding (MCB) studies. Traditional G-banding detected a partial 7p duplication, which was further demonstrated to be entirely of chromosome 7 origin by using a whole chromosome paint for chromosome 7, and derived from 7p13-p22.1 by MCB. The infant presented with characteristic dysmorphic features, psychomotor retardation, and generalized hypotonia. The phenotypic manifestations of partial 7p trisomy with or without other chromosome involvement are briefly reviewed. Our observations in combination with other cases confirm that 7p trisomy due to dir dup(7p) can be regarded as a defined chromosome syndrome.
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