Is ideal for patients with nephrolithiasis / hypercalciuria.Read more
NephrologyWe offer comprehensive genetic diagnostics for inherited kidney diseases. These disorders include some congenital single-organ diseases and a variety of multiorgan syndromes, such as the ciliopathies. Classical ciliopathies include polycystic kidney disease (PKD), retinal degeneration, laterality defects, chronic respiratory problems, situs inversus, hydrocephalus, and infertility.
Genetic testing for nephrology
Our new updated panels include over 660 added 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.
Inherited renal diseases are estimated to cause 50% of pediatric chronic renal failure (CRF) and 20% of adult CRF. Many kidney disorders lead to end-stage renal disease (ESRD) – permanent failure of the kidneys that requires kidney transplant. A significant proportion of patients with nephrotic syndrome (NS) suffer from so-called steroidresistant NS. For these patients, prognosis is poor, as 30–40% develop ESRD requiring dialysis and transplantation.
What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with nephrological diseases
Genetic causes of kidney diseases include a number of single-gene disorders, a variety of chromosomal abnormalities, and many multifactorial disorders. A genetic cause may be suspected from known family history or the simultaneous occurrence of other medical problems, but in many cases disease presentation is unexpected.
An accurate genetic diagnosis is key for optimizing treatment and identifying other manifestations of the syndrome for which a patient should be screened. Establishing the underlying genetic defect and inheritance pattern also allows family member testing to identify at-risk relatives.
Additionally, for patients with NS, ineffective treatment with steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs can be avoided through genetic testing. Identification of causative mutations can also be used in prognostics, as post-transplant recurrence is generally high, but for patients with a genetic origin of the disease, recurrence is almost unheard of.
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Published on July 21, 2017
Blueprint Genetics is committed to provide the highest quality genetic testing for our customers. Since quality is something that can be proven, we are proud to transparently share our full set of quality metrics with you. To be able to show the different aspects of quality in genetic testing, we…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