Congenital Anomalies Associated with Trisomy 18 or Trisomy 13: A Registry-Based Study in 16 European Countries, 2000–2011

Anna Springett, Diana Wellesley, Ruth Greenlees, Maria Loane, Marie-Claude Addor, Jorieke Bergman, Clara Cavero-Carbonell, Melinda Csaky-Szunyogh, Elizabeth Draper, Ester Garne, Miriam Gatt, Martin Haeusler, Babak Khoshnood, Kari Klungsoyr, Catherine Lynch, Carlos Matias Dias, Bob McDonnell, Vera Nelen, Mary O'Mahony, Anna PieriniAnnette Queisser-Luft, Judith Rankin, Anke Rissmann, Catherine Rounding, Sylvia Stoianova, David Tucker, Natalya Zymak-Zakutnia, Joan Morris

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The aim of this study was to examine the prevalence of trisomies 18 and 13 in Europe and the prevalence of associated anomalies. Twenty-five population-based registries in 16 European countriesprovided data from 2000–2011. Cases included live births, fetal deaths (20þ weeks’ gestation), and terminations of pregnancy for fetal anomaly (TOPFAs). The prevalence of associatedanomalies was reported in live births. The prevalence of trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 were 4.8 (95%CI: 4.7–5.0) and 1.9 (95%CI: 1.8–2.0) per 10,000 total births. Seventy three percent of cases withtrisomy 18 or trisomy 13 resulted in a TOPFA. Amongst 468 live born babies with trisomy 18, 80% (76–83%) had a cardiac anomaly, 21% (17–25%) had a nervous system anomaly, 8% (6–11%) had esophageal atresia and 10% (8–13%) had an orofacial cleft. Amongst 240 Live born babies with trisomy 13, 57% (51–64%) had a cardiac anomaly, 39% (33–46%) had a nervous system anomaly, 30% (24–36%) had an eye anomaly,44% (37–50%) had polydactyly and 45% (39–52%) had an orofacial cleft. For babies with trisomy 18 boys were less likely to have a cardiac anomaly compared with girls (OR¼0.48 (0.30–0.77) and with trisomy 13 were less likely to have a nervous system anomaly [OR¼0.46 (0.27–0.77)]. Babies with trisomy 18or trisomy 13 do have a high proportion of associated anomalies with the distribution of anomalies being different in boys and girls.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3062-3069
JournalAmerican Journal of Medical Genetics
Issue number2
Early online date8 Sept 2015
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - Dec 2015


  • Trisomy 18
  • Trisomy 13
  • Edwards syndrome
  • Patau syndrome
  • cardiac anomalies


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