Publication – Epub 2018 Nov 20.


Johanna Hammersen, Sigrun Wohlfart, Tamme W Goecke, Angela Köninger, Holger Stepan, Ralph Gallinat, Susan Morris, Katharina Bücher, Angus Clarke, Stephanie Wünsche, Matthias W Beckmann, Holm Schneider, Florian Faschingbauer


Objective: In X-linked hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia (XLHED), dysfunction of ectodysplasin A1 (EDA1) due to EDA mutations results in malformation of hair, teeth, and sweat glands. Hypohidrosis, which can cause life-threatening hyperthermia, is amenable to intrauterine therapy with recombinant EDA1. This study aimed at evaluating tooth germ sonography as a noninvasive means to identify affected fetuses in pregnant carrier women.

Methods: Sonography, performed at 10 study sites between gestational weeks 18 and 28, led to the diagnosis of XLHED if fewer than six tooth germs were detected in mandible or maxilla. The assessment was verified postnatally by EDA sequencing and/or clinical findings. Estimated fetal weights and postnatal weight gain of boys with XLHED were assessed using appropriate growth charts.

Results: In 19 of 38 sonographic examinations (23 male and 13 female fetuses), XLHED was detected prenatally. The prenatal diagnosis proved to be correct in 37 cases; one affected male fetus was missed. Specificity and positive predictive value were both 100%. Tooth counts obtained by clinical examination corresponded well with findings on panoramic radiographs. We observed no weight deficits of subjects with XLHED in utero but occasionally during infancy.

Conclusion: Tooth germ sonography is highly specific and reliable in detecting XLHED prenatally.

© 2018 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

PMID: 30394555    DOI: 10.1002/pd.5384