1p36 Deletion Syndrome

What is 1p36 Deletion Syndrome?

1p36 Deletion Syndrome which is also known as partial monosomy 1p36 syndrome is one of the microdeletion syndromes that are most commonly known. A human being must share 23 chromosomes from the mother and the father with the total of 46. The problem occurs with this condition when a tiny section of DNA is missing and results in larger complications for the affected individual and their families. The number 1 in 1p36 signifies that, it impacts chromosome number 1 which is the biggest human chromosome. The ‘p’ is intended for the short arm of the chromosome that accommodates area 36 where the lost DNA should have been found. This syndrome is considered rare that has only been known and recognized not long ago, therefore it is quite hard to distinguish just how many times it occurs. The reason for this is due to the extensive scope of disability, and some individuals with less acute symptoms remain undiagnosed. The disorder affects women twice as frequent as men and approximately occurs in one out of 5-10,000 individuals.

Symptoms of 1p36 Deletion Syndrome

A missing segment in the DNA is very strong that it could really affect the person’s development altogether and is not frequently noticed unless the infant is said to have missed the developmental and physical landmarks. These indicators that are lost or delayed contain the signs and symptoms of the syndrome. Each person with the disorder will not experience all the symptoms since there are some dissimilarity from each of them and the researchers have come to an idea that the more DNA that is lost from 1p36, the more severe or obvious these symptoms will appear.

Possible facial features may include:

  • Deep set of eyes and eyebrows that appears straight
  • Small head that looks wide and short
  • Lengthened section from nose to mouth
  • Low set of ears that are shaped abnormally and are twisted backwards
  • Sunken face with a nose that is broad and flat
  • Pointed chin

Aside from the prominent facial characteristics, many individuals with the syndrome develop behavioral and hearing problems. Some finds it difficult to learn things and even form simple words or phrases. Others develop weak muscle tone, seizures, respiratory problems, trouble swallowing, eye complications, metabolic problems, and genital defects.

Causes of 1p36 Deletion Syndrome

The 1p36 Deletion syndrome is caused by one or more genes that are slightly deleted on the single copy of chromosome 1. The genetic imbalance is what prompts certain symptoms. The deletions that commonly caused the disorder are really small which is referred to as microdeletions and they cannot be easily sited by a regular chromosome analysis. About 93% of diagnosed individuals with the condition are the first person in the family with the deletion. The 7% got their deletion from one of the parents. Whether hereditary or not, the syndrome is not caused by the mother’s activities on or before the pregnancy.

How is 1p36 Deletion Syndrome Treated?

There is no exact cure for 1p36 deletion syndrome and treatment for relieving symptoms is the usual available. The symptoms concerning certain organs may be helped by different specialists in those fields. If the patient is diagnosed early, the easier it is to minimize or manage these problems. Some physicians suggest behavior modification training since the other reported results is good. A number of affected individuals can participate well in social events, but some do not succeed. Some may also learn to communicate through sign and body language as training for better development. Patience, understanding, and compassion are very essential to allow the person to have a rewarding and loving relation to friends and family.

Prognosis of 1p36 Deletion Syndrome

A individual person’s prognosis with 1p36 deletion syndrome differs on how much DNA is deleted from the p36 section. A few researches now record p36 as p36.1 to p36.3. The p36.3 has the worst prognosis along with severe symptoms since this has the most quantity of DNA missing. The listed individuals also have different responses to the treatment. Some people result to a relatively good prognosis with good understanding from their caregivers and families, while others experience an early death due to significant physical problems.

Life Expectancy of 1p36 Deletion Syndrome

1p36 Deletion syndrome is still new which means that the data on the estimated lifespan is still not recorded. Some reported cases of individuals reach adulthood. The number of patients with this syndrome today that lives on will be the source of the life expectancy of patients in the future with 1p36 deletion syndrome.

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9 thoughts on “1p36 Deletion Syndrome

  • 10/03/2017 at 2:11 AM

    My granddaughter has p36 syndrome. She is 16 now and walks talks and is a smart young lady.. She is mentally delayed ,but she is always eager to learn new things. She can be a challenge sometimes, but with therapy she is learning how to control her angry outbursts.. Most of the time she is a joy to be around.

    • 30/05/2018 at 7:56 PM

      Hi Rodriguez,
      Nice to know that you granddaughter can speak. I have a 8 year old son who is still not able to speak. He says a few words which are sometimes not legible for others. Please let me know if your granddaughter can speak normally. My son throws some temper tantrums now and then. Planing to put him in some behavioural therapy.

    • 28/02/2020 at 12:15 AM

      My daughter has p36.33 gene deletion, she is now 15 months old, has overall landmarks delay, but with family members’ great care, patience and love, she is doing fine and has progress everyday. Hope your granddaughter do well 🙂

  • 04/04/2017 at 3:59 PM

    I am a grandmother with a grandchild with the same condition, she is nine months old, we are all heartbroken, her parents have two other little daughters 4years, 2years.

    • 23/09/2017 at 3:07 AM

      Why would you be heart broken? A child is a child no matter what. I have a daughter who has 1p36 deletion and she is now 27 years of age. Just because you have a child with a disability does not mean that your world is over, it just means that you need to have a little more patience, understanding and love. I have treated her like a normal child of course with their being an understanding that she cannot be expected to do things without help, she has been able to do a lot of things on her own. And that is because I refused to treat her as a handicap. All children not just the ones with disabilities are a joy if your willing to have the patience and love to work with them and not against them.

      • 09/11/2017 at 5:30 PM

        I love what you have written. We are fostering a 35 month old with 1p36 deletion and until he came into our home, I never heard of this condition so gave myself (and my husband) a crash course on this. I am also a firm believer in not treating the child as he has a disability but rather treat him like any child with no handicaps. I live each day with our precious boy with the belief that he will accomplish more than expected. In his four months with us, he has made progress – little steps here and there – all to be celebrated.

    • 24/09/2017 at 4:28 AM

      We also have a grandchild with 1p36 deletion syndrome.we have been emotionally affected especially for the loss of what we could have shared and the lack of what could have been, it has been so difficult for us all as a family….we love and support our grandchild very much and hope he can achieve much in his life….xxx

  • 24/09/2017 at 4:29 AM

    We also have a grandchild with 1p36 deletion syndrome.we have been emotionally affected especially for the loss of what we could have shared and the lack of what could have been, it has been so difficult for us all as a family….we love and support our grandchild very much and hope he can achieve much in his life….xxx

  • 02/06/2020 at 3:30 AM

    I too have a fifteen year old son who was just diagnosed, with 1p36 deletion on top of an Autism diagnosis. All children should be treated equally and with no judgement. Keep posting so others can learn and understand.

    From the Canadian side!


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