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RASopathies: A significant cause of polyhydramnios?

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TitleRASopathies: A significant cause of polyhydramnios?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsMangels R, Blumenfeld YJ, Homeyer M, Mrazek-Pugh B, Hintz SR, Hudgins L
JournalPrenat Diagn
Date Published2021 Feb

OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to determine the prevalence of RASopathies in a polyhydramnios cohort selected by postnatal medical genetics evaluation.

METHODS: In this retrospective study, we reviewed 622 pregnancies with polyhydramnios seen at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital between 2008 and 2017. The findings from 131 cases evaluated by Medical Genetics were included in our final analysis. Genetic testing information was extracted to determine the rate of chromosomal or single gene conditions focusing on the RASopathies. Additional variables collected were: maternal characteristics, ultrasound findings, and the severity and timing of diagnosis of polyhydramnios.

RESULTS: Postnatal genetic testing or clinical examination identified a genetic disorder in 63 (48.1%) cases, more than half (n = 33) of which had a single gene condition. Postnatal testing revealed an underlying RASopathy in 15 (11.5%) cases. An underlying RASopathy was significantly associated with the severity and timing of polyhydramnios (p < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: Focusing on a selected cohort postnatally evaluated by Medical Genetics, our study identified a chromosomal or genetic disorder in almost half of pregnancies complicated by polyhydramnios. Specifically, an underlying RASopathy was found in 11.5% of cases with 13/15 of these cases having additional ultrasound findings.

Alternate JournalPrenat Diagn
PubMed ID33150592
Grant ListPrenatal Special Interest Group Student Grant / / National Society of Genetic Counselors /
/ / LPCH Perinatal Diagnostic Center /