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Apert syndrome: prenatal diagnosis challenge
  1. Catarina Vieira,
  2. Neusa Teixeira,
  3. Alexandra Cadilhe and
  4. Isabel Reis
  1. Gynecology and Obstetrics, Hospital de Braga, Braga, Portugal
  1. Correspondence to Dr Catarina Vieira;{at}


Apert syndrome is a rare genetic disorder that manifests as craniosynostosis, craniofacial and limb dysmorphic features. Mutations in fibroblast growth factor receptor 2 (FGFR2) gene account for almost all cases. Given the impact it can have throughout life, prenatal management becomes a challenge. A healthy 33-year-old woman, gravida 4, para 0, was referred to routine ultrasound at 22 weeks of gestation. Atypical cranial morphology with prominent forehead, ocular proptosis, hypertelorism and mitten hands were detected. Genetic investigation revealed an FGFR2 gene mutation (c.755C>G(p.Ser252Trp)), confirming the diagnosis. Magnetic resonance showed brachycephaly, turricephaly and cortical malformation. Following counselling, parents requested medical termination of pregnancy. Macroscopic features were consistent with ultrasound findings. This case emphasises the importance of early diagnosis to provide the best family counselling and prenatal management. A multidisciplinary team, consisting of an obstetrician with ultrasonography experience, a medical geneticist and a fetal pathologist, should conduct these cases.

  • genetic screening / counselling
  • pregnancy
  • ultrasonography

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  • Contributors CV was responsible for conception, data collection, analysis and interpretation, and draft of the article. Clinical revision of the article was done by authors NT, AC and IR, and final approval of the version to be published by AC.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

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