We present a case of prenatal diagnosis of Werdnig-Hoffmann disease, the most severe type of spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). DNA obtained from a mummified umbilical cord of a decreased affected brother of the index case was analysed with four closely linked microsatellite markers [EF1/2a and EF13/14 (D5S125), MAP1B, and JK53CA (D5S112)], flanking the SMA gene, on chromosome 5q11.2-13.3. The fetus was diagnosed as homozygous for the deleterious SMA gene.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Mar 1994|