Skeletal dysplasias (SDs) constitute a group of heterogeneous disorders affecting growth morphology of the chondro-osseous tissues. Prenatal diagnosis of SD is a considerable clinical challenge due to phenotypic variability. We performed a retrospective analysis of the fetal autopsies series conducted between January 2006 and December 2012 at our center. SD was detected in 54 (10%) out of 542 fetal autopsy cases which included; 11.1% thanatophoric dysplasia (n = 6), 7.4% achondroplasia (n = 4), 3.7% osteogenesis imperfect (n = 2), 1.9% Jarcho-Levin Syndrome (n = 1), 1.9% arthrogryposis (n = 1), 1.9% Dyggve-Melchior-Clausen syndrome (n = 1), 72.1% of dysostosis cases (n = 39). All SD cases were diagnosed by ultrasonography. In 20 of the cases, amniocentesis was performed, 4 cases underwent molecular genetic analyses. Antenatal identification of dysplasia is important in the management of pregnancy and in genetic counseling. Our data analysis showed that SD is usually detected clinically after the 20th gestational week. Genetic analyses for SD may provide early diagnosis and management.
Keywords: fetal autopsy; genetic; skeletal malformations.