Prenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis in combination with herpetic infection in parents with uncompensated family history




cystic fibrosis, fetal hyperechoic bowel, intrauterine infection, invasive prenatal diagnosis, digestive enzymes in amniotic fluid


Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a chronic genetic disorder that affects the exosecretory glands responsible for the production of mucus and sweat; as well as respiratory, digestive and reproductive systems. The article describes a brief description of this disease, the features of intrauterine manifestations and differential diagnosis with other conditions.

In most cases, prenatal diagnosis of CF is offered to a family that already has children with CF. Regarding the prospective prenatal diagnosis of CF in families without CF history, as well as in couples with established status of heterozygous carrier of mutations in the CFTR gene, it is presented mainly in sporadic cases. In all other cases, prenatal diagnosis of CF is based on ultrasound detection of increased intestinal echogenicity. The hyperechogenic intestine is observed in 50–75% fetuses with CF. The incidence of intrauterine infection in fetuses with the hyperechogenic intestine is varies from 0 to 10%. The spectrum of perinatal infections is more often represented by cytomegalovirus, herpes, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, rubella and parvovirus B19.

The second trimester amniotic fluid contains two main enzymes (alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase), whose decline of level is a reliable marker for CF. The article presents a clinical case of prenatal diagnosis of CF in combination with intrauterine infection with herpes simplex virus in 20 weeks pregnancy in a fetus with a hyperechoic intestine. When

the amniotic fluid was investigated in a fetus with a normal karyotype are revealed decline of alkaline phosphatase and gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase levels, the mutation delF508 CFTR in the homozygous state and the DNA regions homologous HSV I, II types. Taking into account the unfavorable morbid prognosis, the fetus with CF was eliminated for 22 weeks pregnancy at the family’s request. At autopsy were found the typical manifestations of CF in the female abortus. The molecular gene study of both parents confirmed the heterozygous carrier state. The family received recommendations on the mandatory prenatal diagnosis in subsequent pregnancies.

Author Biographies

Н. П. Веропотвелян, CI “Multiregional Center of Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis named after P.M. Veropotvelyan DRC”, Kryvyi Rih

PhD, Chief Physician

Ю. С. Погуляй, CI “Multiregional Center of Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis named after P.M. Veropotvelyan DRC”, Kryvyi Rih

Biologist at the Department of Molecular Genetics of Medical and Genetic Research Laboratory

И. В. Суховицкая, CI “Multiregional Center of Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis named after P.M. Veropotvelyan DRC”, Kryvyi Rih

Biologist of the Biochemical Department of Medical and Genetic Research Laboratory

О. А. Береза, Cherkassy Regional Center for Family Planning and Human Reproduction CRC

Head of the Center for Prenatal Ultrasound Diagnostics, sonologist, obstetrician gynecologist

А. М. Пелых, CI “Multiregional Center of Medical Genetics and Prenatal Diagnosis named after P.M. Veropotvelyan DRC”, Kryvyi Rih

Pathologist of the children’s pathoanatomical department


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How to Cite

Веропотвелян, Н. П., Погуляй, Ю. С., Суховицкая, И. В., Береза, О. А., & Пелых, А. М. (2018). Prenatal diagnosis of cystic fibrosis in combination with herpetic infection in parents with uncompensated family history. REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGY, (39), 49–54.



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