Prenatal diagnosis of a terminal short arm deletion of chromosome 8 in a fetus with an atrioventricular septal defect

Prenat Diagn. 1998 Jan;18(1):65-7. doi: 10.1002/(sici)1097-0223(199801)18:1<65::aid-pd207>;2-4.


We report the prenatal diagnosis at 30 weeks of gestation of a del(8)(p21.3-->pter) in a growth-retarded fetus with an unbalanced atrioventricular septal defect (AVSD) and a hypoplastic right ventricle. This observation further confirms the association of AVSD with terminal deletions of chromosome 8p. Terminal deletions of chromosome 8p are more frequent than previously thought, but small terminal deletions can easily be overlooked. This observation illustrates that when an AVSD is diagnosed prenatally, special attention should be paid to distal chromosome 8p.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Amniocentesis
  • Chromosomes, Human, Pair 8*
  • Female
  • Fetal Growth Retardation / genetics
  • Gene Deletion*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / genetics*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Atrial / surgery
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / genetics*
  • Heart Septal Defects, Ventricular / surgery
  • Humans
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Karyotyping
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Prenatal Diagnosis*
  • Ultrasonography, Prenatal