American Journal of Medical Genetics vol:103 issue:1 pages:44-7
We present a patient with heterotaxy and a de novo, apparently balanced reciprocal translocation with breakpoints at 6q21 and 20p13. Another patient with heterotaxy was previously reported with a de novo balanced translocation involving chromosome band 6q21. The breakpoints in both patients on 6q21 were found to be located in the same chromosomal region spanning maximally 2 Mb. We speculate that the two breakpoints lead to the disruption of the function of a single gene, either directly or through long distance effects. Alternatively, the present observation suggests additional heterogeneity in heterotaxy in humans.