Ear, Nose & Throat

Genetic testing for ear, nose & throat

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.

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.

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Webinars

Understanding Skeletal Dysplasias—Recent Advances in Genetics

Nov 24, 2020

In this educational webinar, Clinical Liaison  Alicia Scocchia, MS, CGC, will review molecular causes of skeletal dysplasias and discuss genetic testing considerations. We will also share our experience at Blueprint Genetics with diagnostic panel testing for individuals with these conditions. Case examples will be explored highlighting complex clinical presentations and the involvement of copy number variants in diagnostic findings.

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New buccal swabs for easier sample collection available from November 23, 2020

Nov 09, 2020

New Ora-Collect OCR-100/OCD-100 buccal swabs will be available for healthcare providers to order through our website or online portal, Nucleus. This new specimen collection kit addresses the need for more accessible sample collection, especially for pediatric patients or when collecting sufficient sample volume with a traditional saliva kit is otherwise challenging.

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