5p13.2 Chromosomal duplication syndrome: case report and literature review
Chromosome 5p13 duplication syndrome represents a contiguous gene syndrome involving duplication of several genes on chromosome 5p13. Some clinical phenotypes are related to it, such as: obsessive-compulsive behavior, small palpebral fissures, intellectual disability, global development delay and ocular hypertelorism. The exact mechanism behind these changes has not well known and further studies are needed for this purpose. Since it is a rare and uncommon clinical situation, the case report contributes to the knowledge of
the disease and early diagnosis. This condition mainly affects the cognitive neuromuscular system. We describe an 8-year-old Brazilian patient with the duplication of chromosome 5p13.2, karyotype, whose neurodevelopmental evaluation presented cognitive impairment, severe language delay and atypical
physical examination, with ocular hypertelorism, right auricular tags, congenital heart defect and long fingers. The patient was diagnosed by comparative genomic hybridization (CGH)-array revealing a 204Kb of DNA duplication. The exact mechanism behind these structural disorders is still unclear and further
studies are needed for this purpose. Nevertheless, the diagnostic suspicion of this genetic alteration that, in general, presents late diagnosis, should be considered to enable better clinical support to the patients and family genetic counseling.