A case of splenomegaly in CBL syndrome.
Eur J Med Genet. 2017 Jul;60(7):374-379
Authors: Coe RR, McKinnon ML, Tarailo-Graovac M, Ross CJ, Wasserman WW, Friedman JM, Rogers PC, van Karnebeek CDM
INTRODUCTION: We present a child with unexplained splenomegaly to highlight this feature as a presenting sign of the RASopathy CBL syndrome and to draw attention to the power and utility of next generation genomic sequencing for providing rapid diagnosis and critical information to guide care in the pediatric clinical setting.
CLINICAL REPORT: A 7-year-old boy presented with unexplained splenomegaly, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, mild learning difficulties, easy bruising, mild thrombocytopenia, and subtle dysmorphic features. Extensive haematological testing including a bone marrow biopsy showed mild megaloblastoid erythropoiesis and borderline fibrosis. There were no haematological cytogenetic anomalies or other haematological pathology to explain the splenomegaly. Metabolic testing and chromosomal microarray were unremarkable. Trio whole-exome sequencing (WES) identified a pathogenic de novo heterozygous germline CBL variant (c.1111T > C, p.Y371H), previously reported to cause CBL syndrome and implicated in development of juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML).
DISCUSSION: CBL syndrome (more formally known as “Noonan-syndrome-like disorder with or without juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia”) has overlapping features to Noonan syndrome with significant variability. CBL syndrome and other RASopathy disorders-including Noonan syndrome, neurofibromatosis 1, and Costello syndrome-are important to recognize as these are associated with a cancer-predisposition. CBL syndrome carries a very high risk for JMML, thus accurate diagnosis is of utmost importance. The diagnosis of CBL syndrome in this patient would not have been possible based on clinical features alone. Through WES, a specific genetic diagnosis was made, allowing for an optimized management and surveillance plan, illustrating the power of genomics in clinical practice.
PMID: 28414188 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]