Immunology

Genetic testing for immunology

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.

Fast and reliable diagnosis of primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs) can be life-saving. Certain defects necessitate prompt stem cell transplantation to prevent organ damage caused by opportunistic infections and to avoid an inevitable fatal outcome associated with the natural course of the disease. Some PIDs require personalized follow-up and supportive care to improve the outcome of affected patients.

All defects causing bone marrow failure lead to severe immunosuppression and may necessitate stem cell transplantation as the preferred treatment. An increased risk of cancers is characteristic in almost all immunodeficiencies. Some immunodeficiencies, such as defects in the complement pathway, may also present later in life with characteristics related to an abnormal outcome of common infections.

What genetic diagnostics can offer patients with hereditary immunodeficiencies

Accurate genetic diagnosis of the immunodeficiency, combined with a detailed disease phenotype, is crucial in characterizing these rare diseases. It also improves treatment and follow-up strategies for affected patients and their family members. 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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4 common myths in genetic testing

Jun 22, 2020

Has the incredible growth in genetics left us with some misconceptions about testing? Laboratory Director Jennifer Schleit lists some of the common myths in genetic testing. 

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Panels, Exomes, and Genomes: Determining an Appropriate Genetic Testing Strategy

Jun 05, 2020

Advancements in sequencing technology have led to molecular diagnostics becoming an increasingly powerful and accessible tool for patients with inherited disorders across various medical specialties. During this webinar, Laboratory Director Dr Jennifer Schleit will explain how sequencing quality and data interpretation impact the identification of diagnostic variants in molecular genetic testing. Additional capabilities in NGS, including copy number variant (CNV) detection and mitochondrial DNA analysis, will also be addressed.

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