The Blueprint Genetics Gastrointestinal Atresia Panel is a seven gene test for genetic diagnostics of patients with clinical suspicion of intestinal atresia.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
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
The Blueprint Genetics Polycystic Liver Disease Panel is a five gene panel covering genes associated with autosomal dominant polycystic liver disease. This panel is ideal for: Patients suspected to have isolated polycystic liver disease. Due to one or more regions of segmental duplication, this panel has reduced sensitivity to detect…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