Intellectual disability (ID) is a nonprogressive cognitive impairment affecting 1-3% of the Western population. It is estimated that up to 50% of moderate-severe cases have genetic causes and approximately 10% are due to X-linked intellectual disability disorders (XLID). XLID can be syndromic or nonsyndromic and is observed in all ethnic groups. More than 100 XLID syndromes have been described in the literature to date. Fragile X is the most common XLID syndrome (~1 in 4000 males) while others can be quite rare with only a few patients reported in the literature. Males can have moderate to severe intellectual disability depending on the syndrome, and carrier females can also be affected, but typically have milder clinical symptoms.
CK syndrome, an X-linked recessive condition, is characterized by ID; central nervous system findings, including microcephaly and seizures; craniofacial features; and asthenic habitus. Mutations in the NSDHL gene (Xq28) cause CK syndrome. Female carrier relatives of a male with CK syndrome are clinically unaffected.
Loss of function mutations in the NSDHL gene cause congenital hemidysplasia with ichthyosiform nevus and limb defects (CHILD) syndrome. CHILD syndrome is X-linked dominant with lethality in males and is characterized by unilateral distribution of ichthyosiform nevus, limb defects that are ipsilateral to the skin lesions, punctuate calcification of cartilaginous structures, visceral malformation, and central nervous system anomalies. Additionally, heart defects, lung hypoplasia and renal findings have been reported. Intellect is usually normal.
• OMIM #300275: NSDHL gene
• OMIM #308050: CHILD syndrome
• OMIM #308300: CK syndrome
- Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of NSDHL-Related Disorders.
- Carrier testing in adults with a family history of NSDHL-Related Disorders.
Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood
Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
Specimen Requirements:OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through EGL) used according to manufacturer instructions.
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
- Deletion/duplication analysis of the NSDHL gene by CGH array is available for those individuals in whom sequence analysis is negative.
- Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis.
- Prenatal testing is available only for known familial mutations to individuals who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.
- X-Linked Intellectual Disability panels are available for 30, 60, and 90 genes.