Copy number variants (CNVs) are an important source of normal and pathogenic genome variations. Especially CNVs identified in prenatal cases need careful considerations and correct interpretation if those are harmless or harmful variants from the norm.
Herein, we reported a paternally inherited duplication of 7.6 Mb in 7q31.3 with, surprisingly, a favorable outcome. GTG-banding and CMA on the DNA derived from uncultured amniocytes revealed a karyotype: 46,XX.arr[GRCh37] 7q31.31q31.33(118,601,001_126,177,044) × 3. Ultrasound examination showed no dysmorphisms or intrauterine growth restriction in the fetus and the father was clinically normal as well.
Prenatal detection of a 7.6 Mb in 7q31.31 to 7q31.33 duplication in a female fetus turned out to be a yet unreported unbalanced chromosome abnormality. This is another example that parental testing and GTG-banding are necessary additional tests to be done in prenatal cases, before a reliable conclusion on the meaning of an aberration can be drawn.