Is ideal for patients with a clinical suspicion of early-onset chronic diarrhea, congenital tufting enteropathy / intestinal epithelial dysplasia or microvillus inclusion disease.Read more
GastroenterologyWe offer comprehensive genetic diagnostics for hereditary gastrointestinal diseases. These include the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestines to the rectum and the accessory organs of digestion: the liver, gallbladder, and pancreas.
Genetic testing for gastroenterology
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.
Many diseases affecting the gastrointestinal organs are inherited or affect people that have a genetic predisposition to disease expression. Recent research has uncovered the genes responsible for many of these conditions. These medical conditions vary in severity and extent from single-organ to multi-systemic disorders. They can decrease quality of life, cause lifelong health problems, or end in premature death.
What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with gastroenterological diseases
Genetic diagnostics are the most efficient way to subtype these diseases – for example, classifying pancreatitis type as idiopathic or hereditary assists in differential diagnosis. Another example is to differentiate chronic pancreatitis from syndromic disorders accompanied by pancreatitis, providing the necessary information to make confident individualized treatment and management decisions.
Additionally, knowing the exact genetic cause can help determine any additional risks for a patient. For instance, occurrence of exocrine and endocrine pancreatic insufficiency and pancreatic cancer risk is higher among patients with hereditary pancreatitis caused by PRSS1 mutations compared to those with either truly idiopathic pancreatitis, or pancreatitis associated CFTR or SPINK1 mutations.
Genetic diagnosis is also considered an effective tool for family-member risk stratification. Identifying family members at risk makes it possible to begin preventive treatments and/or make lifestyle recommendations. It also justifies routine follow-ups by healthcare professionals. Genetic diagnosis can also help in family planning.
A selection of our gastroenterology panels
Is ideal for patients who have any type of cholestasis including those with clinical suspicion of Alagille syndrome, citrullinemia type 2, Crigler-Najjar syndrome types 1 and 2, Dubin-Johnson syndrome, Gilbert syndrome, intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy type 3 or progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis types 1-4.Read more
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Published on June 1, 2017
We are excited to announce the latest updates to our test menu. We have added some deep intronic and non-coding variants to the tested target regions that have been reported as pathogenic in the literature and are classified as likely pathogenic or pathogenic in ClinVar. These include for example the recurrent…Read more
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