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We investigated a large Old Colony (Chortitza) Mennonite kindred with branches across Canada. Six generations of the kindred were traced. There was intermarriage among numerous family members. Insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) was identified in 10 members; all 7 living patients were found to carry the immunogenetic marker HLA-DR4. Nine other close… (More)
The patterns of migration and the genetic disorders occurring among North American Mennonites are reviewed, and inherited conditions recently recognized in a religious and genetic isolate, the Old Colony (Chortitza) Mennonites, are described. Old Colony Mennonites are of Dutch/German origin and descend from approximately 400 founding families who settled in… (More)
This communication aims at illustrating ultrasound diagnostic difficulties in early pregnancy with acardiac fetus. Our case concerns a spontaneously conceived triplet pregnancy. It was diagnosed as a twin pregnancy at 11 weeks of amenorrhea. One and a half months later the patient was referred to our center for spontaneous premature rupture of membranes… (More)
Distinctive disease patterns exist among Canadian Old Colony (Chortitza) Mennonites. This religious and genetic isolate is of 16th century Dutch/German ancestry. The group originated in the Netherlands, then settled in the Vistula delta area of western Prussia for 200 years. A small number of founding families later migrated to Chortitza, the "Old Colony",… (More)
We report a very rare case of ovarian gastrinoma in the context of multiple endocrine neoplasia type I, including primary hyperparathyroidism and Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Somatostatin receptor scintigraphy revealed the ovarian involvement at an early stage. Oophorectomy led to the final diagnosis and complete healing.
Neonatal haemochromatosis is a very rare disorder with an unclear aetiology and an extremely poor outcome. A 24 year-old patient was delivered at 32 week gestation. The new-born presented a liver failure syndrome and died shortly after birth. The diagnosis of haemochromatosis was based on iron deposition revealed by the autopsy. In families at risk,… (More)
We report two cases of moderate maternal poisoning during the third trimester. They underwent hyperbaric oxygen therapy at 2.5 atmospheres for 90 minutes and were delivered at term. In one case the newborn presented an antenatal ischemic cerebral lesion probably due to monoxide poisoning. Pathophysiology and treatment of such accidents are discussed.