Is ideal for patients with a clinical suspicion of syndromic or non-syndromic genetic hearing loss.Read more
Ear, Nose & ThroatWe offer comprehensive genetic diagnostics for all types of hereditary hearing loss and deafness. These diseases include nonsyndromic hearing loss, as well as syndromes in which hearing loss and deafness present along with defects affecting other parts of the body.
Genetic testing for ear, nose & throat
Our panels include over 2600 genes selected based on curated gene reviews, variant databases (HGMD and ClinVar), most recent literature, and customer requests. We offer enhanced clinical utility, maximized diagnostic yield, empowered differential diagnosis as well as analytically validated up-to-date genes across all our panels. Difficult-to-sequence genes are covered with high quality enabling true diagnostic impact in challenging patient cases.
NGS-based genetic diagnostics are becoming a mainstream practice for conditions associated with hearing loss and deafness. It is also recommended by international guidelines (American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) and PMID: 24941903 and 24651602). Considering the great number of genes involved in hereditary hearing loss and deafness, NGS-based panel testing is generally accepted as the most cost-effective primary diagnostics option.
What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with Ear-Nose-Throat diseases
Numerous genes are implicated in hereditary hearing loss and deafness. Pathogenic variants in any of these genes may present a cause of hereditary hearing loss and deafness. Therefore, the success of genetic counseling and risk assessment greatly depends on accurate and specific determination of the genetic diagnosis. Together with clinical diagnosis, genetic diagnosis is key to understanding the inheritance pattern and prognosis of the disease. Genetic diagnostics is the most efficient way to subtype these diseases. It provides the necessary information to make confident individualized treatment and management decisions. Additionally, genetic diagnosis can help in family planning.
A selection of our ear, nose & throat panels
Is ideal for patients suspected to have a syndromic form of hearing loss. The genes on this panel are included on the Comprehensive Hearing Loss and Deafness Panel. Is not ideal for patients suspected to have non-syndromic hearing loss. Please refer to our Non-Syndromic Hearing Loss Panel or our Comprehensive…Read more
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Published on June 15, 2017
There is a significant completion to drive down the price and TAT of genetic diagnostics. To survive in this competition, laboratories have to either rigorously innovate or then make compromises in quality and performace standards. In an untransparent diagnostic environment, health care professionals have a hard time to evaluate optimal and best testing for their patients.
Looking for transparency Dr. Tero-Pekka Alastalo discusses how sequencing technologies and the chosen strategy in a lab can define quality and yield, highlighting bioinformatics and interpretation as being the biggest challenges in the current market. He also discusses what can make a lab transparent in its services and what is…See more