Juvenile polyposis (JP) is an autosomal dominant hamartomatous polyposis syndrome that carries a significant risk for the development of colorectal cancer. Microdeletions of one of the two predisposing genes to JP, BMPR1A, have been associated with a severe form of JP called juvenile polyposis of infancy. Many of these deletions have also been found to contiguously include PTEN, which is the gene responsible for the development of Cowden syndrome. The advent of molecular techniques that localize genomic copy number variations and others that target specific genes such as multiplex-ligation probe analysis has allowed researchers to explore this area further for deletions. Here, we review the literature for microdeletions described on chromosome 10q22-23 in patients with JP and other intestinal polyposis syndromes.
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