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Chromosome 9 inversion


* Not a rare disease
Other Names for this Disease
  • Inversion 9
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Chromosomes are the structures found in every cell of the body that contain our DNA, the instructions that tell our body what to do. Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, which means that each human cell contains 46 chromosomes. Each chromosome has a p and q arm; p is the short arm and q is the long arm. The p arm is always on the top and the q arm is on the bottom.[1]

Chromosome 9 inversion 
is when there are two breaks on chromosome 9. The segment between the breakpoints flips around and reinserts back into the same place on chromosome 9. If both breaks occur in the same arm of the chromosome, this is called a paracentric inversion. If one break occurs in the short arm and the other in the long arm of the chromosome, then this is called a pericentric inversion. Chromosome 9 inversions commonly occur as a pericentric inversion.[2]
Last updated: 3/16/2011


  1. Chromosome Abnormalities. National Human Genome Research Institute Web site. 2007; . Accessed 7/11/2011.
  2. Ait-Allah AS, Ming PL, Salem HT, & Reece EA. The Clinical Importance of Pericentric Inversion of Chromosome 9 in Prenatal Diagnosis. Journal of Maternal-Fetal Investigation. 1997; 7(3):126-128. Accessed 3/16/2011.
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