Use to confirm common pathogenic and pseudodeficiency HEXA variants in individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish and French-Canadian descent with abnormal levels of HexA enzyme. For initial testing of Tay-Sachs disease, refer to Hexosaminidase A percent and Total Hexosaminidase in Leukocytes (2008125).
Polymerase Chain Reaction/Fluorescence Monitoring
New York DOH Approval Status
Lavender (EDTA), pink (K2EDTA), or yellow (ACD Solution A or B).
Transport 3 mL whole blood. (Min: 1 mL)
Specimens collected in sodium heparin or lithium heparin tubes. Frozen specimens in glass collection tubes.
Ambient: 72 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 month
Background information for Tay-Sachs Disease (HEXA), 7 Variants:
Characteristics: Tay-Sachs disease is a lysosomal storage disease that, in the most severe childhood-onset form, leads to a loss of motor skills beginning at 3- to 6-months of age and progresses to blindness, seizures, total incapacitation, and eventual death by 4 years of age. Adult-onset Tay-Sachs is a milder disease with later onset and slower progression. In adults, Tay-Sachs disease is associated with variable neurological findings, including progressive dystonia, spinocerebellar degeneration, motor neuron disease, and bipolar form of psychosis.
Incidence: 1 in 3000 Ashkenazi Jewish individuals.
Inheritance: Autosomal recessive.
Cause: HEXA gene pathogenic variants.
Variants Tested: Four pathogenic 7.6kb del, c.1073+1G>A, p.Y427Ifs (c.1274_1277dup TATC), c.1421+1G>C; one mild pathogenic p.G269S (c.805G>A); and two pseudodeficiency alleles p.R247W (c.739C>T) and p.R249W (c.745C>T).
Clinical Sensitivity: 94 percent in Ashkenazi Jewish individuals, 59 percent in other ethnicities.
Methodology: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescence monitoring.
Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity: Greater than 99 percent.
Limitations: HEXA variants other than those specified above will not be detected. Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.
Counseling and informed consent are recommended for genetic testing. Consent forms are available online.
Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)
|Component Test Code*||Component Chart Name||LOINC|
|0051430||Tay-Sachs Disease (HEXA), Allele 1||38900-7|
|0051431||Tay-Sachs Disease (HEXA), Allele 2||38900-7|
|0051432||Tay-Sachs Disease (HEXA), Interpretation||51773-0|
|2001315||Tay-Sachs Disease (HEXA), Specimen||31208-2|
- Hexosaminidase A
- Hexosaminidase A Deficiency DNA assay
- TSD molecular assay