Problems in ascertainment of transmitting males in Martin-Bell syndrome Academic Article uri icon


  • The difficulty of assigning families affected with the Martin-Bell syndrome (MBS) into the category of male transmission is emphasised and illustrated by examples of 3 MBS families. These examples demonstrate how the ability to detect transmitting males depends on the number of generations available for investigation, and also on the "spread" of clinical investigation across many branches of the family regardless of what appears to be an unremarkable family history. Some unusual properties of male transmission are shown, and the problem of selective ascertainment of the particular MBS male individuals in different generations in a set of pedigrees is discussed.

publication date

  • December 15, 1991