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

Inborn Errors of Immunity: The Growing Role of Genetics

Nov 19, 2019

Recognizing the early symptoms of this patient population and identifying the underlying molecular cause can be challenging but can have a direct impact on long term outcomes. In this webinar, Géraldine Gosse from the Montreal Clinical Research Institute will review the vast spectrum of inborn errors of immunity and how a multidisciplinary team is advantageous to diagnosis and treatment. 

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Improving quality: Blueprint Genetics updates panels and prepares for the launch of mitochondrial DNA testing later this year

Oct 18, 2019

Blueprint Genetics is adding over 400 genes to 138 panels and introducing an improved clinical-grade Next Generation Sequencing assay for panels, single genes and variant specific testing. This update includes a number of recently discovered, clinically relevant deep intronic and regulatory variants and will facilitate the introduction of mitochondrial…

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Webinars

Introducing an open access genetic testing program for patients with inherited retinal degeneration

Oct 15, 2019

In this webinar, we will provide an overview of how the program works, describe the genetic counseling services provided to patients, outline the data privacy and data sharing policies, as well as highlight the benefits of enrolling in the MRT Patient registry. We will also provide an update on the new and updated Retinal Dystrophy Panel (‘My Retina Tracker’ Panel) offered through this program.

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