16p11.2 Deletion (Distal)

Below is a summary of 16p11.2 distal deletion syndrome observed in research publications. This is not meant to take the place of medical advice.

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The online Gene Guide includes more information about 16p11.2 distal deletion such as the chance of having another child with this condition, behavior and development concerns linked to 16p11.2 distal deletion or specialists to consider for people with this condition. Share this resource with family members or your clinical providers.

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What is 16p11.2 distal deletion syndrome?

Sometimes people are born with extra or missing sections of chromosomes. 16p11.2 distal deletion syndrome happens when someone has a missing piece of chromosome 16, one of the body’s 46 chromosomes.

On your genetics report, you might see the words distal and proximal. A 16p11.2 distal region is between Break Point 2 (BP2) and Break Point 3 (BP3) of the chromosome. The proximal duplication is between Break Point 4 (BP4) and Break Point 5 (BP5).


Some people may have:

  • Obesity
  • Developmental delay or intellectual disability
  • Speech delay
  • Affected communication, social, and learning skills

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Info Summary

Download a short summary of the 16p11.2 copy number variant here.



GeneReviews are a great resources to bring to your child’s clinicians. These publications provide a summary of current research on genetic conditions and information on ongoing care. There is currently no GeneReviews for 16p11.2 distal deletions.


Research Article Summaries

Below, we have summarized research articles about 16p11.2 Distal Deletion. We hope you find this information helpful. The information available about 16p11.2 Distal Deletion is limited, and families and doctors share a critical need for more information. As we learn more from children who have a change in this gene, we expect this list of resources and information to grow. Full versions of published research articles can be found on PubMed. PubMed is a National Institutes of Health (NIH) online database that is free. It has a collection of both medical and scientific research articles. A PubMed search for 16p11.2 Distal Deletion articles can be found here.


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