• double aneuploidy mosaicism;
  • mosaic trisomy 18;
  • mosaic 45,X;
  • plexus choroideus cysts;
  • parental origin


We report cytogenetic and molecular findings performed in a patient with double mosaic aneuploidy. Chromosome analysis of amniotic fluid cells from a 17-week-old fetus was performed because of advanced maternal age. Two karyotypes were detected: 45,X and 47,XX,+18 (50:50%). The same cell lines were determined in uncultured and cultured amniocytes of a second amniotic fluid sample, in fetal lymphocytes, and in uncultured and cultured cells of achilles tendon by conventional cytogenetics and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH). In the different investigated tissues, the percentage of cells with 45,X karyotype ranged from 20–99% and the percentage of cells with 47,XX,+18 ranged from 1–80%. The pregnancy was terminated at 22 + 0 weeks because of a severe cardiac malformation. Pathologic examination showed a fetus with aspects typical for manifestation of trisomy 18 and monosomy X, especially in the internal organs. The parent and cell stage of origin was determined by short tandem repeat typing and revealed a maternal meiotic division error that led to trisomy 18, as well as a somatic loss of a paternal sex chromosome. Only two other patients with the same mosaicism have been reported so far. Genetic counseling and prognosis remains challenging. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc.