Chromosome 9p deletion syndrome is a rare autosomal dominant disorder presenting with a broad spectrum of clinical features, including congenital heart defects (CHDs). To date, studies focused on a deep characterization of cardiac phenotype and function associated with this condition are lacking. We conducted a multicentric prospective observational study on a cohort of 10 patients with a molecular diagnosis of 9p deletion syndrome, providing a complete cardiological assessment through conventional echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging echo modality. As a result, we were able to demonstrate that patients with 9p deletion syndrome without major CHDs may display subclinical cardiac structural changes and left-ventricle systolic and diastolic dysfunction. Albeit needing validation in a larger cohort, our findings support the idea that a complete cardiac assessment should be performed in patients with 9p deletion syndrome and should be integrated in the context of a long-term follow-up.
9p deletion syndrome; clinical genetics; congenital heart defects; genotype–phenotype correlation.