Prenatal diagnosis of Meier-Gorlin syndrome 7: a case presentation

BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2021 May 17;21(1):381. doi: 10.1186/s12884-021-03868-5.


Background: Meier-Gorlin syndrome 7 (MGS7) is a rare autosomal recessive condition. We reported a fetus diagnosed with Meier-Gorlin syndrome 7. The antenatal sonographic images were presented, and compound heterozygous mutations of CDC45 on chromosome 22 were identified by whole-exome sequencing (WES).

Case presentation: Fetal growth restriction (FGR), craniosynostosis, and brachydactyly of right thumb were found in a fetus of 28th gestational weeks. The fetus was diagnosed as MGS7 clinically. After extensive counseling, the couple opted for prenatal diagnosis by cordocentesis and termination of pregnancy. Karyotype analysis and WES were performed. Chromosomal karyotyping showed that the fetus was 46, XY. There were 2 mutations of CDC45, the causal gene of MGS7 on chromosome 22, which were inherited from the couple respectively were identified by WES. Facial dysmorphism, brachydactyly of right thumb, and genitalia abnormally were proved by postpartum autopsy, and craniosynostosis was confirmed by three-dimensional computed tomography (3D-CT) reconstruction.

Conclusions: It is possible to detect multiple clinical features of Meier-Gorlin syndrome in prenatal sonography. Deteriorative FGR complicated with craniosynostosis indicates MGS7. Combination of 2D and 3D ultrasonography helps to detect craniosynostosis. The affected fetus was confirmed a compound heterozygote of CDC45 related MGS by whole-exome sequencing, which is critical in identifying rare genetic diseases.

Keywords: CDC45; Compound heterozygous mutations; Intrauterine growth restriction; Meier-Gorlin syndrome 7 (MGS7); Whole-exome sequencing (WES).

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced
  • Asian People
  • China / ethnology
  • Congenital Microtia / diagnostic imaging*
  • Female
  • Growth Disorders / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Micrognathism / diagnostic imaging*
  • Patella / abnormalities*
  • Patella / diagnostic imaging
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Trimester, Second
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal*
  • Young Adult

Supplementary concepts

  • Meier-Gorlin syndrome