Carrier screening or diagnostic testing for Gaucher disease for individuals of Ashkenazi Jewish descent.
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)
Plasma or serum. 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 Gaucher Disease (GBA), 8 Variants:
Characteristics: Gaucher disease affects lysosomal storage and has extreme symptom variability, ranging from perinatal lethality to asymptomatic individuals. Three Gaucher subtypes have been identified based on symptom characteristics. Type 1 is characterized by bone disease, hepatosplenomegaly, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and lung disease. Individuals with Type 1 disease do not have primary central nervous system (CNS) involvement. Type 2 is characterized by CNS symptoms displaying before age 2, which progresses rapidly resulting in death by age 4. In Type 3 disease, individuals may present as early as age 2 with display CNS symptoms. However, Type 3 disease progresses slowly, usually resulting in death during the third or fourth decade of life.
Incidence: 1 in 900 in Ashkenazi Jewish individuals.
Inheritance: Autosomal recessive.
Cause: GBA pathogenic variants.
Variants Tested: c.115+1G>A, p.L29Afs (c.84dupG), p.N409S (c.1226A>G), c.1263_1317del55, p.V433L (c.1297G>T), p.D448H (c.1342G>C), p.L483P (c.1448T>C), and p.R535H (c.1604G>A).
Clinical Sensitivity: 90 percent in Ashkenazi Jewish individuals; 55 percent in other ethnicities.
Methodology: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescence monitoring.
Analytical Sensitivity and Specificity: Greater than 99 percent.
Limitations: Variants other than those tested 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|
|0051440||Gaucher Disease (GBA), Allele 1||46988-2|
|0051441||Gaucher Disease (GBA), Allele 2||46988-2|
|0051442||Gaucher Disease (GBA), Interpretation||35693-1|
|2001312||Gaucher Disease (GBA), Specimen||31208-2|
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