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Journal of Genetic Syndromes & Gene Therapy
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Cytogenetic Study of Down Syndrome In Algeria: Report and Review

Fayza Belmokhtar1*, Rahma Belmokhtar1 and Ahmed Kerfouf2

1Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences and Sciences of Earth and the Universe, Abou Bekr, Belkaid University, Tlemcen, Algeria

2Department of environmental Sciences, Faculty of Natural and Life Sciences, Djillali Liabes University, Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria

*Corresponding Author:
Fayza Belmokhtar
Abou Bekr Belkaid University
Tlemcen, 13000, Algeria
Tel: +21343507960
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: October 27, 2015; Accepted date:December 22, 2015; Published date: January 04, 2016

Citation: Belmokhtar F, Belmokhtar R, Kerfouf A (2016) Cytogenetic Study of Down Syndrome In Algeria: Report and Review. J Genet Syndr Gene Ther 7:280. doi:10.4172/2157-7412.1000280

Copyright: © 2016 Belmokhtar F, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Background: Down syndrome (DS) is the most common type of chromosomal trisomy found in new-born. It’s associated with mental retardation and characteristic facial features. A clinical diagnosis of Down syndrome may be unconfirmed in one third of cases. Objective: This study was conducted to confirm the clinical diagnosis of suspected cases with Down syndrome by a cytogenetic analysis and to evaluate several risk factors associated with trisomy 21 in a group of patients from West region of Algeria, Tlemcen. Materials and method: Karyotype analysis was carried out for 22 patients with the clinical diagnosis of Down syndrome. GTG- band and RTG-band have been made according to the standard protocols. Results: Among the 22 cases with Down syndrome, Free trisomy 21 was presented in 20 cases (91%). One case (4.5%) had translocation Down syndrome. One other case had mosaic Down syndrome. There was an excess of male than female; sex ratio was 1.75:1. The mean maternal age at birth of the affected children was 36.27 ± 7.59 years. It was significantly higher than this of mothers of non-trisomic children (27.83 ± 6.34 years; p=0.0002). Higher parity was an important risk factor associated with trisomy 21, 81% of affected children were of last or second last birth order. Paternal age and consanguinity had no effect. Conclusion: The identification of specific types of chromosomal abnormalities in Down syndrome children is very significant. It greatly helped in the management of these children and to make aware the affected families about the recurrence risk and the options available.


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