Dermatology

Genetic testing for dermatology

Our panels include over 3,900 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.

Genetic testing in the field of dermatology is becoming increasingly advantageous. Testing for albinism is an excellent example of using genetic testing in dermatology. Genetic testing makes it possible to differentiate isolated ocular/oculocutaneous albinism from syndromic albinism, which is present in many disorders such as Hermansky- Pudlak, Chediak-Higashi, Griscelli, and Waardenburg syndromes. Moreover, genetic diagnostics provides prognostic information about visual impairment caused by oculocutaneous albinism. It also predicts the outcome of syndromic albinism in Griscelli syndrome, where the type 1 syndrome is associated with severe neurological disease, and type 2 is associated with severe immunodeficiency.

What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with dermatological diseases

Genetic diagnostics is the most efficient way to subtype hereditary dermatological diseases. A diagnosis provides the necessary information to make confident individualized treatment and management decisions. Moreover, detection of the causative mutation establishes the mode of inheritance within the family, which is essential for well-informed genetic counseling. 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.

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Together, Quest Diagnostics, the world’s leading provider of diagnostic information services, and Blueprint Genetics will broaden access to actionable insights in genetic and rare diseases, improving patient care and pharmaceutical drug research and development. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Blueprint Genetics is expected to continue to…

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Common Myths About Genetic Testing

Dec 20, 2019

In this webinar, Laboratory Director and Senior Geneticist Jennifer Schleit (PhD, FACMG) will review and discuss common questions and misconceptions about genetic testing.

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