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De Blaauw I.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Wijers C.H.W.,RUNMC | Schmiedeke E.,Center for Child and Youth Health | Holland-Cunz S.,University of Heidelberg | And 11 more authors.
Journal of Pediatric Surgery | Year: 2013

Background: The European consortium on anorectal malformations (ARM-NET) was established to improve the health care of patients and to identify genetic and environmental risk factors. The aim of the present study was to present the first results on clinical data of a large European cohort of ARM patients based on our registry. Methods: In 2010, the registry was established including patient characteristics and data on diagnosis, surgical therapy, and outcome regarding complications. Patients born between 2007 and 2012 were retrospectively added. A descriptive analysis of this cohort was performed. Results: Two hundred and three ARM patients were included. Syndromes or chromosomal abnormalities were present in 9%. Perineal fistulas were seen most in boys (42%) and girls (29%). Rare forms of ARM were found in 4% of the male and in 14% of the female patients. Forty-five percent of the patients had additional urogenital abnormalities. However, 32% of the patients were never screened for bladder abnormalities. Eight percent were never screened for renal malformations. In the majority of patients (79%), a PSARP was performed for the definitive reconstruction. Conclusion: This collaborative effort provides a representative basis to estimate incidence of ARM types, to discuss differences and similarities in treatment, and health consequences throughout Europe. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Desmyter L.,Catholic University of Louvain | Ghassibe M.,Catholic University of Louvain | Revencu N.,Catholic University of Louvain | Boute O.,Service de Genetique Clinique | And 33 more authors.
Molecular Syndromology | Year: 2010

Van der Woude syndrome (VWS), caused by dominant IRF6 mutation, is the most common cleft syndrome. In 15% of the patients, lip pits are absent and the phenotype mimics isolated clefts. Therefore, we hypothesized that some of the families classified as having non-syndromic inherited cleft lip and palate could have an IRF6 mutation. We screened in total 170 patients with cleft lip with or without cleft palate (CL/P): 75 were syndromic and 95 were a priori part of multiplex non-syndromic families. A mutation was identified in 62.7 and 3.3% of the patients, respectively. In one of the 95 a priori non-syndromic families with an autosomal dominant inheritance (family B), new insights into the family history revealed the presence, at birth, of lower lip pits in two members and the diagnosis was revised as VWS. A novel lower lip sign was observed in one individual in this family. Interestingly, a similar lower lip sign was also observed in one individual from a 2nd family (family A). This consists of 2 nodules below the lower lip on the external side. In a 3rd multiplex family (family C), a de novo mutation was identified in an a priori non-syndromic CL/P patient. Re-examination after mutation screening revealed the presence of a tiny pit-looking lesion on the inner side of the lower lip leading to a revised diagnosis of VWS. On the basis of this data, we conclude that IRF6 should be screened when any doubt rises about the normality of the lower lip and also if a non-syndromic cleft lip patient (with or without cleft palate) has a family history suggestive of autosomal dominant inheritance. Copyright © 2010 S. Karger AG.

Boots-Sprenger S.H.E.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Sijben A.,Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital | Sijben A.,Spectrum | Rijntjes J.,Radboud University Nijmegen | And 11 more authors.
Modern Pathology | Year: 2013

The histopathological diagnosis of diffuse gliomas often lacks the precision that is needed for tailored treatment of individual patients. Assessment of the molecular aberrations will probably allow more robust and prognostically relevant classification of these tumors. Markers that have gained a lot of interest in this respect are co-deletion of complete chromosome arms 1p and 19q, (hyper)methylation of the MGMT promoter and IDH1 mutations. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic significance of complete 1p/19q co-deletion, MGMT promoter methylation and IDH1 mutations in patients suffering from diffuse gliomas. The presence of these molecular aberrations was investigated in a series of 561 diffuse astrocytic and oligodendroglial tumors (low grade n=110, anaplastic n=118 and glioblastoma n=333) and correlated with age at diagnosis and overall survival. Complete 1p/19q co-deletion, MGMT promoter methylation and/or IDH1 mutation generally signified a better prognosis for patients with a diffuse glioma including glioblastoma. However, in all 10 patients with a histopathological diagnosis of glioblastoma included in this study complete 1p/19q co-deletion was not associated with improved survival. Furthermore, in glioblastoma patients >50 years of age the favorable prognostic significance of IDH1 mutation and MGMT promoter methylation was absent. In conclusion, molecular diagnostics is a powerful tool to obtain prognostically relevant information for glioma patients. However, for individual patients the molecular information should be interpreted with caution and weighed in the context of parameters such as age and histopathological diagnosis. © 2013 USCAP, Inc.

Nillesen W.M.,RUNMC | Yntema H.G.,RUNMC | Moscarda M.,Catholic University | Verbeek N.E.,UMC Utrecht | And 12 more authors.
Human Mutation | Year: 2011

The core phenotype of Kleefstra syndrome (KS) is characterized by intellectual disability, childhood hypotonia, and a characteristic facial appearance. This can be caused by either submicroscopic 9q34 deletions or loss of function mutations of the EHMT1 gene. Remarkably, in three patients with a clinical suspicion of KS, molecular cytogenetic analysis revealed an interstitial 9q34 microdeletion proximal to the coding region of the EHMT1 gene based on the NM- 024757.3 transcript. Because we found a mono-allelic EHMT1 transcript suggestive for haploinsufficiency of EHMT1 in two of these patients tested, we hypothesized that a deletion of regulatory elements or so far unknown coding sequences in the 5' region of the EHMT1 gene, might result in a phenotype compatible with KS. We further characterized the molecular content of deletions proximal to the transcript NM- 024757.3 and confirmed presence of a novel predicted open reading frame comprising 27 coding exons (NM- 024757.4). Further analysis showed that all three deletions included the presumed novel first exon of the EHMT1 gene. Subsequent testing of 75 individuals without previously detectable EHMT1 aberrations showed one additional case with a deletion comprising only this 5' part of the gene. These results have important implications for the genetic screening of KS and for studies of the functional significance of EHMT1. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Jacobs B.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Jacobs B.,University of Groningen | Beems T.,Radboud University Nijmegen | Van Der Vliet T.M.,RUNMC | And 11 more authors.
Neurocritical Care | Year: 2013

Background: With this study we aimed to design validated outcome prediction models in moderate and severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) using demographic, clinical, and radiological parameters. Methods: Seven hundred consecutive moderate or severe TBI patients were included in this observational prospective cohort study. After inclusion, clinical data were collected, initial head computed tomography (CT) scans were rated, and at 6 months outcome was determined using the extended Glasgow Outcome Scale. Multivariate binary logistic regression analysis was applied to evaluate the association between potential predictors and three different outcome endpoints. The prognostic models that resulted were externally validated in a national Dutch TBI cohort. Results: In line with previous literature we identified age, pupil responses, Glasgow Coma Scale score and the occurrence of a hypotensive episode post-injury as predictors. Furthermore, several CT characteristics were associated with outcome; the aspect of the ambient cisterns being the most powerful. After external validation using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis our prediction models demonstrated adequate discriminative values, quantified by the area under the ROC curve, of 0.86 for death versus survival and 0.83 for unfavorable versus favorable outcome. Discriminative power was less for unfavorable outcome in survivors: 0.69. Conclusions: Outcome prediction in moderate and severe TBI might be improved using the models that were designed in this study. However, conventional demographic, clinical and CT variables proved insufficient to predict disability in surviving patients. The information that can be derived from our prediction rules is important for the selection and stratification of patients recruited into clinical TBI trials. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.

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