Fetal Bowel Abnormalities Suspected by Ultrasonography in Microvillus Inclusion Disease: Prevalence and Clinical Significance

Yue Sun, Changsen Leng, Sven C D van Ijzendoorn*

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Abstract

Microvillus inclusion disease (MVID) is a rare, inherited, congenital, diarrheal disorder that is invariably fatal if left untreated. Within days after birth, MVID presents as a life-threatening emergency characterized by severe dehydration, metabolic acidosis, and weight loss. Diagnosis is cumbersome and can take a long time. Whether MVID could be diagnosed before birth is not known. Anecdotal reports of MVID-associated fetal bowel abnormalities suspected by ultrasonography (that is, dilated bowel loops and polyhydramnios) have been published. These are believed to be rare, but their prevalence in MVID has not been investigated. Here, we have performed a comprehensive retrospective study of 117 published MVID cases spanning three decades. We find that fetal bowel abnormalities in MVID occurred in up to 60% of cases of MVID for which prenatal ultrasonography or pregnancy details were reported. Suspected fetal bowel abnormalities appeared in the third trimester of pregnancy and correlated with postnatal, early-onset diarrhea and case-fatality risk during infancy. Fetal bowel dilation correlated with MYO5B loss-of-function variants. In conclusion, MVID has already started during fetal life in a significant number of cases. Genetic testing for MVID-causing gene variants in cases where fetal bowel abnormalities are suspected by ultrasonography may allow for the prenatal diagnosis of MVID in a significant percentage of cases, enabling optimal preparation for neonatal intensive care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number4331
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Medicine
Volume11
Issue number15
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26-Jul-2022

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