Endocrinology

Genetic testing for endocrinology

Our panels include over 3,000 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.

The functions of the endocrine glands and tissues can be broadly grouped into several categories: reproduction and sexual differentiation, development and growth, maintenance of the internal environment, and metabolism and nutrient supply regulation. A single hormone may affect more than one of these functions, while each function may be controlled by several hormones.

The clinical utility of NGS-based molecular testing for endocrine disorders is very high. Additionally, sexual differentiation gene panel analysis has been found to be cost-effective for public health systems (UK Genetic testing network, UKGTN evaluation, 2015).

What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with endocrinological diseases

One example of the utility of genetic testing for endocrinology is for thyroid hormone imbalance. Thyroid hormones are essential for development and for many aspects of homeostasis and metabolism. Another example is glucocorticoids, such as cortisol, which are important in both growth and nutrient supply, and are also modulators of immune function.

Many endocrine disorders may present as part of a syndrome with multiple manifestations. Therefore, accurate molecular diagnosis is important for optimizing treatment and in identifying other manifestations of the syndrome for which the patient should be screened. Establishing the underlying genetic defect and inheritance pattern further allows family member testing to identify at-risk relatives and informs the discussion of reproductive options.

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Choosing the Right Genetic Testing Strategy: Can One Size Fit All?

Aug 10, 2022

In this presentation, Christèle du Souich, MSc, CGC, CCGC, reviews different types of testing platforms and what to consider when choosing a genetic test for your patient. Through case examples, the step-by-step process and the related key challenges and potential solutions will be presented.

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Patient Clinical Information: Things to Consider When Submitting a Patient Phenotype with Your Sample

Jun 30, 2022

In this educational webinar, Dr. Bryce Mendelsohn, Clinical Medical Geneticist, will discuss what in his experience is the most useful phenotypic information to send along with your sample. He will be joined by our Seattle lab director, Dr. Jennifer Schleit, who will review why, from the laboratory perspective, a detailed patient phenotype is essential to increase the chances of obtaining a diagnosis. Together they will further discuss this issue with the help of some clinical examples.

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Jun 15, 2022

We are passionate about changing peoples’ lives through development of groundbreaking solutions that take genetic diagnostics from niche to mainstream – to the benefit of patients with rare inherited diseases worldwide. In this video, find out why you should choose Blueprint Genetics.

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