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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 318-320

A rare case of mosaic ring turner syndrome with horseshoe kidney

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, G. R. Doshi and K.M. Mehta Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre and Dr. H.L. Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Date of Submission08-Aug-2022
Date of Decision25-Aug-2022
Date of Acceptance14-Sep-2022
Date of Web Publication30-Sep-2022

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Kumari Pritti
Genetics Division, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, G. R. Doshi and K. M. Mehta Institute of Kidney Diseases and Research Centre and Dr. H.L. Trivedi Institute of Transplantation Sciences, Ahmedabad - 380 016, Gujarat
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DOI: 10.4103/jhrs.jhrs_110_22

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Rearranged X chromosomes in Turner syndrome (TS) generally present with a mild phenotype, but in cases of ring X chromosomes, the incidence of intellectual disability and other congenital abnormalities can be significantly higher depending on the size of the ring and the involvement of X-inactive specific transcript (XIST) region. Here, we report a 17-year-old female who was referred for a cytogenetic analysis because of primary amenorrhoea. The patient, of normal intelligence, had been found to have traits of TS, especially short stature and some rare findings such as horseshoe kidney and short fourth toe. Cytogenetic analysis showed a mosaic 45, X/46, X and r(X) karyotype. Fluorescence in situ hybridisation analysis using sex chromosome probes permitted us to identify the marker as a ring X chromosome, detected in 30% of cells. The r(X) might include the XIST locus, which would have caused X-inactivation of this abnormal ring chromosome leading to mild phenotype in our patient but with atypical features present in the form of horseshoe kidney and short fourth toe.

Keywords: Mosaicism and Turner syndrome, primary amenorrhoea, ring chromosome

How to cite this article:
Pritti K, Mishra V, Patel H. A rare case of mosaic ring turner syndrome with horseshoe kidney. J Hum Reprod Sci 2022;15:318-20

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Pritti K, Mishra V, Patel H. A rare case of mosaic ring turner syndrome with horseshoe kidney. J Hum Reprod Sci [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Nov 26];15:318-20. Available from:

   Introduction Top

Turner syndrome (TS) is a common, but little-known chromosomal aneuploidy characterised by complete or partial absence of an X chromosome; with a characteristic mild phenotype with some degree of variability.[1] The majority of the patients have short stature and primary amenorrhoea and do not develop secondary sexual characteristics. Less consistent abnormalities include webbed neck, renal malformations (>50%) and cardiac defects (10%), while intelligence is considered normal. Approximately three-quarters of TS females inherit their X chromosome maternally.[2]

TS mosaics are also well documented and can be subcategorised according to whether the second cell line contains a whole or part of a sex chromosome. Jacobs et al. showed that out of 211 patients clinically diagnosed of TS, 97 patients to have a 45, X constitution, 15 to be 45, X/46, XX or 45, X/47, XXX mosaics, 86 to have a structurally abnormal X, out of which 13 were mosaic, with a second cell line containing a ring X chromosome (45, X/46, Xand r[X]).[3] The phenotypic variability of these mosaics largely depends on the size of the ring and the presence of a functioning X-inactive specific transcript (XIST).[4] Here, we report a case which, from a cytogenetic viewpoint, appears to represent a relatively straightforward example of a TS variant mosaic karyotype, with a small marker chromosome of X chromosome origin. However, from a clinical perspective, this case study has rather phenotype similar to a case of non-mosaic TS or mosaic TS with one normal X chromosome but with atypical findings of horseshoe kidney and short fourth toe. The final karyotype was based on a combination of fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) analysis, as well as conventional (G-banded) karyotyping.

   Case Report Top

A 17-year-old girl presented with short stature and primary amenorrhoea. Her height was 136 cm and her weight was 37 kg (<5th percentile). She was born to an unrelated couple. Physical examination revealed a female phenotype with short stature and cubitus valgus with an overlapping fourth toe in the left foot and a short fourth toe in both feet; on X-ray, both fourth metatarsals were shorter than the fifth metatarsal bone [Figure 1]a and [Figure 1]b. Her breast and hair development were Tanner's Stage 1. Examination of cardiovascular, respiratory and neurological systems was normal. Gynaecological examination revealed a normal cervix and vagina. Transabdominal sonography showed a hypoplastic uterus with definite ovaries. In magnetic resonance imaging, the uterus was 37 mm × 22 mm × 12 mm in size. The left ovary was seen but the right ovary was not visible. A horseshoe kidney was noted.
Figure 1: (a) Turner syndrome patient with short stature, (b) Turner syndrome patient having overlapping fourth toe in left and short fourth toe in both foot

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Laboratory investigations revealed normal haematological and biochemical parameters. Her hormonal profile was done showing high follicle-stimulating hormone (69.7 mIU/ml) and luteinising hormone (15.29 mIU/ml) levels favouring premature ovarian failure. Her thyroid-stimulating hormone – 1.2 UIU/ml, oestrogen (E2) – 14 pg/ml and prolactin – 16.7 ng/ml were in the normal range. Her karyotype revealed a mosaic pattern having two cell lines, where 70% of the cells showed 45 chromosomes with a single X chromosome and 30% of the cells were noted to have a ring chromosome. This was confirmed to be of X origin by FISH with a centromeric X probe [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b. Her final karyotype was mos 45, X[70]/46, X, r(X).[30].ish r (X)(DXZ1+).
Figure 2: (a) Partial karyotype of the patient showing ring (marker) chromosome, (b) Fluorescence in situ hybridisation showing ring (marker) chromosome positive for centromeric X probe

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   Discussion Top

Most of the females with a ring chromosome X that is r(X) have an appearance of somatic signs of TS, including short stature, peripheral oedema, characteristic facial features, low posterior hairline, ovarian dysgenesis, and also endocrine disorders and autoimmune conditions.[5] The patients with r(X) are at higher risk of mental retardation, learning difficulties, autistic spectrum disorders and structural brain abnormalities.[6] These abnormal phenotypes can be attributed to failed or partial X inactivation and/or incomplete selection in favour of cells with a normal balance of gene expression. However, such abnormalities are generally well tolerated because of the preferential inactivation of the abnormal X, which can restore, at least in part, a balanced genetic makeup. This beneficial effect of X inactivation results in a mild phenotype in most patients with structural abnormalities of the X, similar to that found in TS patients with a 45, X karyotype. In our case, the patient presented with a milder phenotype such as short stature, poorly developed secondary sexual characteristics, hypoplastic uterus and normal left ovary and a horseshoe kidney. Her intellectual level was normal. This could be explained by the possibility of the presence of XIST region in the ring chromosome leading to inactivation of the ring chromosome and thus preventing the overdosage effect of the genes present in the ring chromosome.

TS variants include female individuals with partial deletions in the 'p' and/or 'q' arms of one X chromosome. Deletions of certain X chromosome regions/genes can lead to specific phenotypic features which are characteristic of 'full' or 'classic' TS. Deletions of the SHOX gene, located in the pseudoautosomal region at Xp22.33, are associated with short stature. Primary ovarian failure (POF) has been associated with deletions of the FMR1 gene (POF1) at Xq26–q28[7] and the DIAPH 2 gene (POF2A) at Xq21.33.[8] Type I diabetes has also been linked to the TS phenotype.[9] Chromosomal microarray could have exactly mapped the breakpoints and delineated the extent of deletion in Xp and Xq regions of the ring chromosome, which could have provided better phenotype–genotype correlation. Unfortunately, the microarray study could not be done in our case.

Here, the female is having some of the classic phenotypes of TS but at the same time has been spared by not having cardiac anomalies and thyroid-related disorders. This phenotypic variation may have at least two causes: the size of the deleted portion at each end of the X chromosome and the relative frequency and distribution of 45, X and 46, X, r(X) cell lines in various body tissues.[10]

Most of TS cases are diagnosed in pubertal years due to stunted growth; hence, it is essential to diagnose these cases during the neonatal period to develop appropriate hormonal therapy for development, growth and pubertal induction. It is also important to diagnose TS early so that screening for congenital heart disease, horseshoe kidney and hypothyroidism associated with TS can be detected before the presentation of symptoms and timely intervention could be possible. The presence of short fourth toe can be used as a marker for early cytogenetic study. Early hormone therapy, especially in girls, will lead to the proper development of secondary sexual characteristics and female reproductive organs. With early treatment in such cases, normal uterine size could be achieved which will enable them to bear the child naturally or through assisted reproductive techniques in case of ovarian failure.

   Conclusion Top

We strongly emphasise the importance of cytogenetic study complemented with molecular cytogenetic study and karyotype–phenotype correlations in patients with TS to obtain information regarding the genotype–phenotype correlations related to the X chromosome. Early diagnosis through genetic evaluation is very crucial for the timely management of such patients in terms of reproductive and fertility care.

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   References Top

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Marozzi A, Manfredini E, Tibiletti MG, Furlan D, Villa N, Vegetti W, et al. Molecular definition of Xq common-deleted region in patients affected by premature ovarian failure. Hum Genet 2000;107:304-11.  Back to cited text no. 8
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