Chromosomal microarray should be performed for cases of fetal short long bones detected prenatally

Keren Tzadikevitch Geffen*, Amihood Singer, Idit Maya, Lena Sagi-Dain, Morad Khayat, Shay Ben-Shachar, Hagit Daum, Rachel Michaelson-Cohen, Michal Feingold-Zadok, Rivka Sukenik Halevy

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Purpose: To investigate the prevalence of pathogenic and likely-pathogenic variants detected by chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA), among pregnancies with fetal short long bones diagnosed by ultrasound. Methods: The study cohort was based on cases of chromosomal microarray analyses performed nationwide for the indication of short long bones. Results: CMA was performed in 66 cases of short long bones. There were 4 cases with a pathogenic/likely pathogenic result (6%). The rate of chromosomal abnormalities was significantly higher compared to the background risk for copy number variations (CNVs) in pregnancies with no sonographic anomalies (P < 0.001). The yield of CMA in our cohort was significantly higher for both isolated and non-isolated cases, for cases in which the lowest estimated bone length percentile was above the 3rd percentile (below 5th percentile), and for cases diagnosed with short long bones after 22 weeks but not for cases diagnosed after 24 weeks. Conclusion: The yield of CMA in cases with short long bones (both isolated and non-isolated) is significantly higher than the background risk for chromosomal anomalies in pregnancies with no sonographic anomalies. This suggests that CMA should be offered in pregnancies with a diagnosis of fetal short long bones.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalArchives of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2021


  • Chromosomal microarray analysis
  • Fetal short long bones
  • Growth percentile


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