Retinal Dystrophy Panel

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Test code: OP0801

Last modified: 12.19.2017

The Blueprint Genetics Retinal Dystrophy Panel is a 181 gene test for genetic diagnostics of patients with clinical suspicion of retinal dystrophy.

This panel is specifically designed for differential diagnosis of retinal dystrophies. The panel covers genes associated with retinal dystrophies, including (but not limited to) retinitis pigmentosa, cone rod dystrophy, macular dystrophy, congenital stationary night blindness, achromatopsia, Leber congenital amaurosis, vitreoretinopathy and flecked retina disorders. Genes associated with syndromic retinal dystrophies, including Usher syndrome, Stickler syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Joubert syndrome, Senior-Loken syndrome and Refsum disease, are also covered.

About Retinal Dystrophy

Retinal dystrophies are a broad group of clinically and genetically heterogenous disorders affecting the retina (Reviewed in PMID: 26835369). Common presentations among these disorders include night or colour blindness, tunnel vision and subsequent progression to complete blindness. Disease manifestation can occur anywhere from early infancy to late adulthood and both stationary and progressive diseases have been described. The inheritance pattern may be autosomal recessive, autosomal dominant or X-linked. Also, sporadic cases are observed. Mutations within the same gene have been shown to cause different disease phenotypes, even among affected individuals within the same family highlighting further levels of complexity. Retinal dystrophy can be nonsyndromic or part of a syndrome in which clinical presentations extend to more than the affected retina. Examples of retinal dystrophies associated with syndromic features are Usher syndrome, Stickler syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Joubert syndrome, Senior-Loken syndrome, Cohen syndrome and Alström syndrome. For detailed description of different retinal dystrophies, please see the ophthalmology subpanel descriptions.


Results in 3-4 weeks. We do not offer a maternal cell contamination (MCC) test at the moment. We offer prenatal testing only for cases where the maternal cell contamination studies (MCC) are done by a local genetic laboratory. Read more:

Genes in the Retinal Dystrophy Panel and their clinical significance
Gene Associated phenotypes Inheritance ClinVar HGMD
ABCA4 Stargardt disease, Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy, Retinal dystrophy, early-onset severe, Fundus flavimaculatus AR 294 1105
ABHD12 Polyneuropathy, hearing loss, ataxia, retinitis pigmentosa, and cataract AR 12 18
ADAM9 Cone rod dystrophy AR 6 8
ADGRV1 Usher syndrome AR/Digenic 58 164
AHI1 Joubert syndrome AR 53 84
AIPL1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 8 73
ALMS1* Alström syndrome AR 50 291
ARL6 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Retinitis pigmentosa AR 13 21
ARL13B Joubert syndrome AR 9 9
ATF6 Achromatopsia AR 12 12
B9D1 Meckel syndrome AR 8 9
B9D2 Meckel syndrome AR 5 4
BBS1 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 48 100
BBS2 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Retinitis pigmentosa AR 32 90
BBS4 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 20 51
BBS5 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 14 30
BBS7 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 14 39
BBS9 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 22 49
BBS10 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 54 98
BBS12 Bardet-Biedl syndrome AR 11 57
BEST1 Vitreoretinochoroidopathy, Microcornea, Rod-cone dystrophy, Posterior staphyloma, Bestrophinopathy, Vitelliform macular dystrophy, Cataract, Retinitis pigmentosa AD/AR 50 275
C2ORF71 Retinitis pigmentosa AR 13 41
C5ORF42 Orofaciodigital syndrome, Joubert syndrome AR 68 98
C8ORF37 Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy AR 8 15
CABP4 Night blindness, congenital stationary AR 6 11
CACNA1F Aland Island eye disease, Cone rod dystrophy, Night blindness, congenital stationary XL 36 174
CACNA2D4 Retinal cone dystrophy AR 2 9
CAPN5 Vitreoretinopathy, neovascular inflammatory AD 3 6
CC2D2A COACH syndrome, Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 71 86
CDH23 Deafness, Usher syndrome AR/Digenic 69 332
CDHR1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy AR 12 36
CEP41 Joubert syndrome AR/Digenic 7 10
CEP164 Nephronophthisis AR 8 8
CEP290* Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis, Joubert syndrome, Senior-Loken syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 96 266
CERKL Retinitis pigmentosa AR 16 33
CHM Choiroideremia XL 38 276
CIB2 Deafness, Usher syndrome AR 4 15
CLN3 Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, type 3 AR 85 70
CLRN1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Usher syndrome AR 17 34
CNGA1 Retinitis pigmentosa AR 13 30
CNGA3 Leber congenital amaurosis, Achromatopsia AR 20 149
CNGB1 Retinitis pigmentosa AR 24 49
CNGB3 Macular degeneration, juvenile, Achromatopsia AR 109 70
CNNM4 Jalili syndrome AR 10 23
COL2A1 Avascular necrosis of femoral head, Rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, Epiphyseal dysplasia, with myopia and deafness, Czech dysplasia, Achondrogenesis type 2, Platyspondylic dysplasia Torrance type, Hypochondrogenesis, Spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenital (SEDC), Spondyloepimetaphyseal dysplasia (SEMD) Strudwick type, Kniest dysplasia, Spondyloperipheral dysplasia, Mild SED with premature onset arthrosis, SED with metatarsal shortening, Stickler syndrome type 1 AD 138 541
COL9A1 Stickler syndrome recessive type, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 6 (EDM6) AR 7 5
COL9A2 Stickler syndrome, Multiple epiphyseal dysplasia type 2 (EDM2) AD/AR 7 12
COL9A3 Multiple epihyseal dysplasia type 3 (EDM3) AD/AR 6 15
COL11A1 Marshall syndrome, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 2 AD/AR 22 81
COL11A2 Weissenbacher-Zweymuller syndrome, Deafness, Otospondylomegaepiphyseal dysplasia, Fibrochondrogenesis, Stickler syndrome type 3 (non-ocular) AD/AR 23 54
COL18A1 Knobloch syndrome AR 23 27
CRB1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Pigmented paravenous chorioretinal atrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 47 308
CRX Cone rod dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 28 93
CSPP1 Jeune asphyxiating thoracic dystrophy, Joubert syndrome AR 25 25
CYP4V2 Retinitis pigmentosa, Bietti crystalline corneoretinal dystrophy AR 31 88
DFNB31 Deafness, Usher syndrome AR 11 30
DHDDS Retinitis pigmentosa AR 1 5
DTHD1 Leber congenital amaurosis with muscle dystrophy AR 1
EFEMP1 Doyne honeycomb degeneration of retina, Malattia leventinese AD/AR 1 7
ELOVL4 Stargardt disease, Icthyosis, spastic quadriplegia, and mental retardation, Spinocerebellar ataxia AD/AR 10 12
EYS* Retitinis pigmentosa AR 72 277
FAM161A Retitinis pigmentosa AR 10 18
FBLN5 Cutis laxa, Macular degeneration, age-related AD/AR 13 21
FLVCR1 Ataxia, posterior column, with retinitis pigmentosa AR 6 15
FRMD7 Nystagmus, infantile periodic alternating XL 14 90
FZD4 Retinopathy of prematurity, Exudative vitreoretinopathy AD/Digenic 11 89
GNAT1 Night blindness, congenital stationary AD/AR 3 7
GNAT2 Achromatopsia AR 5 14
GNPTG Mucolipidosis AR 26 42
GPR179 Night blindness, congenital stationary AR 12 15
GRK1 Oguchi disease AR 5 22
GRM6 Night blindness, congenital stationary AR 11 37
GUCA1A Cone dystrophy 3/Cone rod dystrophy AD 5 20
GUCY2D Cone rod dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 25 217
HARS Usher syndrome AR 5 9
HK1 Hemolytic anemia, nonspherocytic, due to hexokinase deficiency AD/AR 9 7
HMX1 Oculoauricular syndrome AR 3 2
IDH3B Retinitis pigmentosa AR 2 2
IFT140 Short -rib thoracic dysplasia with or without polydactyly, Asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia (ATD; Jeune) AR 19 52
IFT172 Retinitis pigmentosa, Short -rib thoracic dysplasia with or without polydactyly, Asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia (ATD; Jeune) AR 20 23
IMPDH1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis AD 7 19
IMPG1 Macular dystrophy, vitelliform AD/AR 7 11
IMPG2 Retinitis pigmentosa, Vitelliform macular dystrophy AD/AR 21 38
INPP5E Joubert syndrome, Mental retardation, truncal obesity, retinal dystrophy, and micropenis (MORM syndrome) AR 23 44
INVS Nephronophthisis AR 12 33
IQCB1 Senior-Loken syndrome AR 19 37
KCNJ13 Snowflake vitreoretinal degeneration, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 6 10
KCNV2 Retinal cone dystrophy AR 16 94
KIAA0586 Short rib thoracic dysplasia with polydactyly, Joubert syndrome AR 20 29
KIF7 Acrocallosal syndrome, Hydrolethalus syndrome, Al-Gazali-Bakalinova syndrome, Joubert syndrome AR/Digenic 15 40
KIF11 Microcephaly AD 28 62
KLHL7 Retinitis pigmentosa AD 9 9
LCA5 Leber congenital amaurosis AR 10 46
LRAT Retinitis pigmentosa, juvenile, Leber congenital amaurosis, Retinitis punctata albescens, Retinal-dystrophy, early-onset severe AR 7 20
LRIT3 Night blindness, congenital stationary AR 4 9
LRP2 Donnai-Barrow syndrome, Faciooculoacousticorenal syndrome AR 22 27
LRP5* Van Buchem disease, Osteoporosis-pseudoglioma syndrome, Hyperostosis, endosteal, Osteosclerosis, Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Osteopetrosis late-onset form type 1, LRP5 primary osteoporosis AD/AR/Digenic 44 170
MAK Retinitis pigmentosa AR 10 17
MERTK Retinitis pigmentosa AR 23 68
MKKS Bardet-Biedl syndrome, McKusick-Kaufman syndrome AR 15 59
MKS1 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 42 51
MVK Mevalonic aciduria, Hyper-IgD syndrome AR 29 173
MYO7A Deafness, Usher syndrome AD/AR 155 426
NDP Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Norrie disease XL 29 159
NMNAT1 Leber congenital amaurosis AR 16 69
NPHP1 Nephronophthisis, Joubert syndrome, Senior-Loken syndrome AR 14 73
NPHP3 Nephronophthisis, Renal-hepatic-pancreatic dysplasia, Meckel syndrome AR 24 72
NPHP4 Nephronophthisis, Senior-Loken syndrome AR 12 108
NR2E3 Retinitis pigmentosa, Enhanced S-cone syndrome AD/AR 17 74
NRL Retinitis pigmentosa, Clumped pigmentary retinal degeneration AD/AR 7 24
NYX Night blindness, congenital stationary XL 10 87
OAT Gyrate atrophy of choroid and retina AR 63 70
OFD1 Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome, Retinitis pigmentosa, Orofaciodigital syndrome, Joubert syndrome XL 133 156
OPA1 Optic atrophy AD/AR 80 372
OPA3 Optic atrophy, 3-methylglutaconic aciduria AD/AR 8 15
OTX2 Microphthalmia, syndromic, Pituitary hormone deficiency, combined, Retinal dystrophy, early-onset, and pituitary dysfunction AD 17 65
PANK2 Hypoprebetalipoproteinemia, acanthocytosis, retinitis pigmentosa, and pallidal degeneration, Neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation AD/AR 26 155
PCDH15 Deafness, Usher syndrome AR/Digenic 71 107
PDE6A Retinitis pigmentosa AR 14 40
PDE6B Retinitis pigmentosa, Night blindness, congenital stationary AD/AR 26 117
PDE6C Cone dystrophy AR 23 39
PDE6G Retinitis pigmentosa AR 1 2
PDE6H Retinal cone dystrophy, Achromatopsia AR 2 2
PDZD7 Usher syndrome Digenic 1 15
PEX1 Heimler syndrome AR 77 130
PEX2 Zellweger syndrome, Peroxisome biogenesis disorder AR 9 18
PEX7 Refsum disease, Rhizomelic CDP type 1 AR 36 52
PHYH Refsum disease AR 10 36
PRCD Retinitis pigmentosa AR 3 7
PROM1 Stargardt disease, Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy, Macular dystrophy, retinal, AD/AR 19 69
PRPF3 Retinitis pigmentosa AD 3 7
PRPF8 Retinitis pigmentosa AD 12 35
PRPF31 Retinitis pigmentosa AD 32 142
PRPH2 Choriodal dystrophy, central areolar, Macular dystrophy, vitelliform, Retinitis pigmentosa, Retinitis punctata albescens, Macula dystrophy, patterned AD/Digenic 42 160
RAX2 Cone rod dystrophy AD 5 4
RBP3 Retinitis pigmentosa AR 5 16
RD3 Leber congenital amaurosis AR 5 13
RDH5 Fundus albipunctatus AR 11 50
RDH12 Retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis AD/AR 21 99
RGR Retinitis pigmentosa AD/AR 2 10
RHO Retinitis pigmentosa, Night blindness, congenital stationary, Retinitis punctata albescens AD/AR 56 203
RLBP1 Newfoundland rod-cone dystrophy, Fundus albipunctatus, Bothnia retinal dystrophy, Retinitis punctata albescens AR 8 35
RP1 Retinitis pigmentosa AD/AR 38 171
RP1L1 Occult macular dystrophy, Retinitis pigmentosa AD/AR 6 39
RP2 Retinitis pigmentosa XL 20 108
RPE65 Retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis AR 23 181
RPGR Retinitis pigmentosa XL 62 202
RPGRIP1 Cone rod dystrophy, Leber congenital amaurosis AR 33 127
RPGRIP1L COACH syndrome, Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome, Retinal degeneration in ciliopathy, modifier AD/AR 35 45
RS1 Retinoschisis XL 38 244
SAG Retinitis pigmentosa, Oguchi disease AR 6 15
SDCCAG8 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Senior-Loken syndrome AR 12 18
SEMA4A Retinitis pigmentosa, Cone rod dystrophy AR 4 12
SNRNP200 Retinitis pigmentosa AD 6 27
SPATA7 Leber congenital amaurosis, Retitinitis pigmentosa AR 10 29
TCTN1 Joubert syndrome AR 6 6
TCTN2 Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 17 13
TCTN3 Orofaciodigital syndrome (Mohr-Majewski syndrome), Joubert syndrome AR 9 10
TMEM67 Nephronophthisis, COACH syndrome, Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 82 153
TMEM107 Joubert syndrome AD/AR 10 3
TMEM126A Optic atrophy AR 2 1
TMEM138 Joubert syndrome AR 6 8
TMEM216 Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 14 8
TMEM231 Joubert syndrome, Meckel syndrome AR 9 19
TMEM237 Joubert syndrome AR 6 10
TOPORS Retitinis pigmentosa AD 6 19
TRIM32 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Muscular dystrophy, limb-girdle AR 11 16
TRPM1 Night blindness, congenital stationary AR 21 73
TSPAN12 Exudative vitreoretinopathy, Retinal dysplasia and severe familial exudative vitreoretinopathy AD/AR 15 39
TTC8 Bardet-Biedl syndrome, Retinitis pigmentosa AR 5 16
TTC21B Short-rib thoracic dysplasia, Nephronophthisis, Asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia (ATD; Jeune) AR 8 53
TTPA Ataxia with isolated vitamin E deficiency AR 26 28
TULP1 Retinitis pigmentosa, Leber congenital amaurosis AR 22 69
USH1C Deafness, Usher syndrome AR 18 48
USH1G Usher syndrome AR 9 26
USH2A Usher syndrome, Retinitis pigmentosa AR 225 1001
VCAN Wagner disease AD 11 19
VPS13B Cohen syndrome AR 231 197
WDR19 Retinitis pigmentosa, Nephronophthisis, Short -rib thoracic dysplasia with or without polydactyly, Senior-Loken syndrome, Cranioectodermal dysplasia (Levin-Sensenbrenner) type 1, Cranioectodermal dysplasia (Levin-Sensenbrenner) type 2, Asphyxiating thoracic dysplasia (ATD; Jeune) AD/AR 20 28
ZNF423 Nephronophthisis, Joubert syndrome AD/AR 10 7
ZNF513 Retinitis pigmentosa AR 1 1

*Some regions of the gene are duplicated in the genome leading to limited sensitivity within the regions. Thus, low-quality variants are filtered out from the duplicated regions and only high-quality variants confirmed by other methods are reported out. Read more.

Gene, refers to HGNC approved gene symbol; Inheritance to inheritance patterns such as autosomal dominant (AD), autosomal recessive (AR) and X-linked (XL); ClinVar, refers to a number of variants in the gene classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic in ClinVar (; HGMD, refers to a number of variants with possible disease association in the gene listed in Human Gene Mutation Database (HGMD, The list of associated (gene specific) phenotypes are generated from CDG ( or Orphanet ( databases.

Gene Genomic location HG19 HGVS RefSeq RS-number
ABCA4 Chr1:94576926 c.302+68C>T NM_000350.2 rs761188244
ABCA4 Chr1:94493073 c.4539+1928C>T NM_000350.2
ABCA4 Chr1:94493000 c.4539+2001G>A NM_000350.2
ABCA4 Chr1:94492973 c.4539+2028C>T NM_000350.2 rs869320785
ABCA4 Chr1:94484082 c.5196+1056A>G NM_000350.2
ABCA4 Chr1:94484001 c.5196+1137G>A NM_000350.2 rs778234759
ABCA4 Chr1:94484001 c.5196+1137G>T NM_000350.2
BBS4 Chr15:73001820 c.77-216delA NM_033028.4 rs113994189
CEP290 Chr12:88494960 c.2991+1655A>G NM_025114.3 rs281865192
COL11A1 Chr1:103491958 c.781-450T>G NM_080629.2 rs587782990
GNAT2 Chr1:110151229 c.461+24G>A NM_005272.3 rs397515384
GNPTG Chr16:1412562 c.610-16_609+28del NM_032520.4 rs193302853
HK1 Chr10:71038467 c.-390-3818G>C NM_033500.2 rs397514654
HK1 Chr10:71038447 c.-390-3838G>C NM_033500.2 rs797044964
NMNAT1 Chr1:10003561 c.-69C>T NM_022787.3
NMNAT1 Chr1:10003560 c.-70A>T NM_022787.3
OFD1 ChrX:13773245 c.1130-22_1130-19delAATT NM_003611.2 rs312262865
OFD1 ChrX:13768358 c.935+706A>G NM_003611.2 rs730880283
PEX7 Chr6:137143759 c.-45C>T NM_000288.3 rs267608252
PROM1 Chr4:15989860 c.2077-521A>G NM_006017.2 rs796051882
PRPF31 Chr19:54633399 c.1374+654C>G NM_015629.3
USH2A Chr1:216247476 c.5573-834A>G NM_206933.2
USH2A Chr1:216064540 c.7595-2144A>G NM_206933.2 rs786200928
USH2A Chr1:216039721 c.8845+628C>T NM_206933.2

The strengths of this test include:

  • Blueprint Genetics is one of the few laboratories worldwide with CAP and ISO-15189 accreditation for NGS panels and CLIA certification
  • Superior sequencing quality
  • Careful selection of genes based on current literature, our experience and the most current mutation databases
  • Transparent and easy access to quality and performance data at the patient level that are accessible via our Nucleus portal
  • Transparent and reproducible analytical validation for each panel (see Test performance section; for complete details, see our Analytic Validation)
  • Sequencing and high resolution del/dup analysis available in one test
  • Inclusion of non-coding disease causing variants where clinically indicated (please see individual Panel descriptions)
  • Interpretation of variants following ACMG variant classification guidelines
  • Comprehensive clinical statement co-written by a PhD geneticist and a clinician specialist


This test does not detect the following:

  • Complex inversions
  • Gene conversions
  • Balanced translocations
  • Mitochondrial DNA variants
  • Variants in regulatory or non-coding regions of the gene unless otherwise indicated (please see Non-coding disease causing variants covered by the panel). This mean for instance intronic variants locating deeper than 15 nucleotides from the exon-intron boundary.


This test may not reliably detect the following:

  • Low level mosaicism
  • Stretches of mononucleotide repeats
  • Indels larger than 50bp
  • Single exon deletions or duplications
  • Variants within pseudogene regions/duplicated segments
  • Disorders caused by long repetitive sequences (e.g. trinucleotide repeat expansions)


The sensitivity of this test may be reduced if DNA is extracted by a laboratory other than Blueprint Genetics.

For additional information, please refer to the Test performance section and see our Analytic Validation.

Blueprint Genetics offers a comprehensive Retinal Dystrophy Panel that covers classical genes associated with achromatopsia, Alström syndrome, Bardet-Biedl syndrome, choroideremia, Cohen syndrome, cone rod dystrophy, congenital stationary night blindness, familial exudative vitreoretinopathy, fundus albipunctatus, gyrate atrophy of choroid and retina, Joubert syndrome, Leber congenital amaurosis, Norrie disease, refsum disease, retinal dystrophy, retinitis pigmentosa, Senior-Loken syndrome, Stargardt disease, Stickler syndrome, Usher syndrome and x-linked retinoschisis. The genes are carefully selected based on the existing scientific evidence, our experience and most current mutation databases. Candidate genes are excluded from this first-line diagnostic test. The test does not recognise balanced translocations or complex inversions, and it may not detect low-level mosaicism. The test should not be used for analysis of sequence repeats or for diagnosis of disorders caused by mutations in the mitochondrial DNA.

Analytical validation is a continuous process at Blueprint Genetics. Our mission is to improve the quality of the sequencing process and each modification is followed by our standardized validation process. Average sensitivity and specificity in Blueprint NGS Panels is 99.3% and 99.9% for detecting SNPs. Sensitivity to for indels vary depending on the size of the alteration: 1-10bps (96.0%), 11-20 bps (88.4%) and 21-30 bps (66.7%). The longest detected indel was 46 bps by sequence analysis. Detection limit for Del/Dup (CNV) analysis varies through the genome depending on exon size, sequencing coverage and sequence content. The sensitivity is 71.5% for single exon deletions and duplications and 99% for three exons’ deletions and duplications. We have validated the assays for different starting materials including EDTA-blood, isolated DNA (no FFPE) and saliva that all provide high-quality results. The diagnostic yield varies substantially depending on the used assay, referring healthcare professional, hospital and country. Blueprint Genetics’ Plus Analysis (Seq+Del/Dup) maximizes the chance to find molecular genetic diagnosis for your patient although Sequence Analysis or Del/Dup Analysis may be cost-effective first line test if your patient’s phenotype is suggestive for a specific mutation profile.

The sequencing data generated in our laboratory is analyzed with our proprietary data analysis and annotation pipeline, integrating state-of-the art algorithms and industry-standard software solutions. Incorporation of rigorous quality control steps throughout the workflow of the pipeline ensures the consistency, validity and accuracy of results. The highest relevance in the reported variants is achieved through elimination of false positive findings based on variability data for thousands of publicly available human reference sequences and validation against our in-house curated mutation database as well as the most current and relevant human mutation databases. Reference databases currently used are the 1000 Genomes Project (, the NHLBI GO Exome Sequencing Project (ESP;, the Exome Aggregation Consortium (ExAC;, ClinVar database of genotype-phenotype associations ( and the Human Gene Mutation Database ( The consequence of variants in coding and splice regions are estimated using the following in silico variant prediction tools: SIFT (, Polyphen (, and Mutation Taster (

Through our online ordering and statement reporting system, Nucleus, the customer can access specific details of the analysis of the patient. This includes coverage and quality specifications and other relevant information on the analysis. This represents our mission to build fully transparent diagnostics where the customer gains easy access to crucial details of the analysis process.

In addition to our cutting-edge patented sequencing technology and proprietary bioinformatics pipeline, we also provide the customers with the best-informed clinical report on the market. Clinical interpretation requires fundamental clinical and genetic understanding. At Blueprint Genetics our geneticists and clinicians, who together evaluate the results from the sequence analysis pipeline in the context of phenotype information provided in the requisition form, prepare the clinical statement. Our goal is to provide clinically meaningful statements that are understandable for all medical professionals, even without training in genetics.

Variants reported in the statement are always classified using the Blueprint Genetics Variant Classification Scheme modified from the ACMG guidelines (Richards et al. 2015), which has been developed by evaluating existing literature, databases and with thousands of clinical cases analyzed in our laboratory. Variant classification forms the corner stone of clinical interpretation and following patient management decisions. Our statement also includes allele frequencies in reference populations and in silico predictions. We also provide PubMed IDs to the articles or submission numbers to public databases that have been used in the interpretation of the detected variants. In our conclusion, we summarize all the existing information and provide our rationale for the classification of the variant.

A final component of the analysis is the Sanger confirmation of the variants classified as likely pathogenic or pathogenic. This does not only bring confidence to the results obtained by our NGS solution but establishes the mutation specific test for family members. Sanger sequencing is also used occasionally with other variants reported in the statement. In the case of variant of uncertain significance (VUS) we do not recommend risk stratification based on the genetic finding. Furthermore, in the case VUS we do not recommend use of genetic information in patient management or genetic counseling. For some cases Blueprint Genetics offers a special free of charge service to investigate the role of identified VUS.

We constantly follow genetic literature adapting new relevant information and findings to our diagnostics. Relevant novel discoveries can be rapidly translated and adopted into our diagnostics without delay. These processes ensure that our diagnostic panels and clinical statements remain the most up-to-date on the market.

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ICD & CPT codes

CPT codes

SEQ 81434
DEL/DUP 81479

ICD codes

Commonly used ICD-10 codes when ordering the Retinal Dystrophy Panel

ICD-10 Disease
H35.50 Retinal dystrophy

Accepted sample types

  • EDTA blood, min. 1 ml
  • Purified DNA, min. 5μg
  • Saliva (Oragene DNA OG-500 kit)

Label the sample tube with your patient’s name, date of birth and the date of sample collection.

Note that we do not accept DNA samples isolated from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue.


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