Ovarian small cell carcinoma in one of a pair of monozygous twins

  • Somayyeh Fahiminiya
  • Nelly Sabbaghian
  • Steffen Albrecht
  • Javad Nadaf
  • Donato Callegaro-Filho
  • William D. FoulkesEmail author
Letter to the Editor


One of a pair of monozygous twins was diagnosed and died of small cell carcinoma of the ovary of hypercalcemic type (SCCOHT) at the age of 30 years. Her sister remained unaffected and was very concerned about her risk for developing SCCOHT. By performing comprehensive molecular analysis using whole exome sequencing (WES) approach, we showed that the deceased twin’s tumour has bi-allelic somatic genetic defects (a pathogenic frameshift deletion in SMARCA4 and LOH on chr19p). Results of WES of constitutional DNA from her unaffected sister were confirmatory. Based on our findings, we concluded that the living twin is not at risk for SCCOHT and does not need to consider preventive oophorectomy.


SCCOHT Whole exome sequencing Monozygous twins Rhabdoid tumor of the ovary SMARCA4 



This study was funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research (FDN-148390, W.D.F.). We thank the family for their involvement with this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Somayyeh Fahiminiya
    • 1
  • Nelly Sabbaghian
    • 2
  • Steffen Albrecht
    • 3
  • Javad Nadaf
    • 2
  • Donato Callegaro-Filho
    • 4
    • 5
  • William D. Foulkes
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
    • 7
    Email author
  1. 1.Cancer Research ProgramResearch Institute of the McGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada
  2. 2.Lady Davis Institute and Segal Cancer CentreJewish General HospitalMontrealCanada
  3. 3.Department of PathologyMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  4. 4.Department of Medical OncologyHospital Israelita Albert EinsteinSão PauloBrazil
  5. 5.Division of Gynecologic OncologyUniversidade Federal de São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  6. 6.Department of Human GeneticsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  7. 7.Department of Medical GeneticsResearch Institute of the McGill University Health CentreMontrealCanada

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