A 16q22.2-q23.1 deletion identified in a male infant with West syndrome

Brain Dev. 2019 Nov;41(10):888-893. doi: 10.1016/j.braindev.2019.07.005. Epub 2019 Jul 25.


In partial monosomy of the distal part of chromosome 16q, abnormal facial features, intellectual disability (ID), and feeding dysfunction are often reported. However, seizures are not typical and the majority of them were seizure-free. Here we present the case of a 16q22.2-q23.1 interstitial deletion identified in a male patient with severe ID, facial anomalies including forehead protrusions and flat nose bridge, patent ductus arteriosus, bilateral vocal cord atresia treated by tracheotomy, and West syndrome, which were developed 10 months after birth. Although phenobarbital, sodium valproate (VPA), and zonisamide were not effective as monotherapies or combination therapies, the patient's epileptic seizures and electroencephalogram anomalies disappeared following combined therapy with lamotrigine and VPA. Although WW Domain Containing Oxidoreductase (WWOX), which is known as a cause of autosomal recessive epileptic encephalopathy, was included within the 6.8-Mb deleted region which identified by targeted panel sequencing and validated by chromosomal microarray analysis, no pathogenic variants were detected in the other allele of WWOX. Therefore, it is possible that other genes within or outside of the long deleted region or their interactions may cause West syndrome in this patient.

Keywords: 16q; Epilepsy; Interstitial deletion; Lamotrigine; Sodium valproate; West syndrome.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Anticonvulsants / therapeutic use
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 16 / genetics*
  • Epilepsy / genetics
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intellectual Disability / genetics
  • Lamotrigine / therapeutic use
  • Male
  • Phenobarbital / therapeutic use
  • Seizures / drug therapy
  • Sequence Deletion / genetics
  • Spasms, Infantile / genetics*
  • Valproic Acid / therapeutic use


  • Anticonvulsants
  • Valproic Acid
  • Lamotrigine
  • Phenobarbital