Neonatal interstitial lung disease in a girl with Jacobsen syndrome: a case report

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Background: We report a case of the neonatal interstitial lung disease pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis in a girl with Jacobsen syndrome. While Jacobsen syndrome is caused by a deletion on the long arm of chromosome 11 and is genetically confirmed, pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis is of unknown etiology and is diagnosed by lung biopsy. Pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis has not previously been described in association with Jacobsen syndrome. Case presentation: A term newborn small for gestational age Caucasian girl presented with respiratory distress, pulmonary hypertension, congenital heart defects, immunodeficiency, and thrombocytopenia. She was diagnosed with Jacobsen syndrome, but also had pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis, which contributed to significant morbidity. There was striking clinical improvement after steroid treatment of the pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis. Conclusions: Interstitial lung disease should be considered as a differential diagnosis when respiratory distress and hypoxemia in the perinatal period worsens or persists despite standard treatment. Importantly, pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis may be treatable with corticosteroids. Whether there is a genetic link between pulmonary interstitial glycogenosis and Jacobsen syndrome is still unknown.




Dalen, M. L., Vigerust, N. F., Hammarström, C., Holmstrøm, H., & Andresen, J. H. (2022). Neonatal interstitial lung disease in a girl with Jacobsen syndrome: a case report. Journal of Medical Case Reports, 16(1).

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