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Myoclonic movement disorder associated with microdeletion of chromosome 22q11
  1. D Baralle1,
  2. D Trump1,
  3. C ffrench-Constant1,
  4. D J Dick2
  1. 1Department of Medical Genetics, Box 134, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, Colney Lane, Norwich NR4 7UZ, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D Baralle, Department of Medical Genetics, Box 134, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ, UK;

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With a prevalence of approximately 1:4000 interstitial chromosome 22q11 deletion within the DiGeorge syndrome critical region is the commonest chromosome microdeletion syndrome. The better known clinical features of this disorder are cardiac abnormalities, short stature, palatal abnormalities or velopharangeal insufficiency, renal abnormality, hypocalcaemia, psychotic symptoms, learning difficulties, and developmental delay.1

There is wide variability in this clinical spectrum and many case reports drawing attention to new clinical features have been published. Alongside the larger studies of 22q11 cohorts these have proved useful in delineating this particular syndrome.

Case report

We present a family where the proband at 3 years of age exhibited the typical facial features of deletion of chromosome 22q11 (fig 1a) of low set posteriorly rotated ears, small mouth and mandible, short philtrum, and short palpebral fissures, …

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