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aHUS Genetic Panel


The clinical presentation of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA) has been associated with multiple genetic disease including atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), C3 glomerulopathy (C3G), congenital B12 deficiency and others. These are difficult-to-diagnose, very sick patients with distinct treatment depending on the nature of the TMA. Accurate, rapid diagnosis is critical. Additionally, patients with the C5 p.Arg885 polymorphism may respond poorly to the current approved therapy, eculizumab.

STAT: < 48 hours (M-F)


Draw Tube: Purple Top

Sample Type: EDTA Whole Blood


Specimen Requirements

Sample Type Volume Required Minimum Volume Stability
PREFERRED EDTA Whole Blood 3mL 1mL Room Temp.: 1 month
Refrigerated: 1 month
ALTERNATIVE Cheek swab 2 swab - Room Temp.: 1 month
Refrigerated: 1 month
REJECTION CRITERIA Sample contamination; sample compromised
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS Post bone marrow transplant (post-BMT) patients require a cheek swab sample to test the transplant recipient; post-BMT patients require a venous blood sample to test the bone marrow donor.

General Information

STAT TAT < 48 hours (M-F)
STAT TAT Performance > 90% of results released in 48 hours
ROUTINE TAT < 5 days (M-F)
ALTERNATIVE NAMES TMA genetic panel; TMA-Complete; complement-mediated TMA panel; C3 glomerulopathy panel; complement-mediated HUS; cm-HUS; aHUS
DESCRIPTION The exonic regions of 20 genes are sequenced and analyzed as part of this panel, including ADAMTS13, C2, C3, C3AR1, CD46 (MCP), CFB, CFD, CFH, CFHR1, CFHR2, CFHR3, CFHR4, CFHR5, CFI, DGKE, MASP2, MMACHC, THBD, PLG, WT1 and one SNP in C5 (C5 p.Arg885). In addition to picking up both known and novel single nucleotide variants, this test also detects the large deletions in CFHR3-1 and CFHR1-4. Rare, pathogenic CFH fusions are best detected using our CFH MLPA assay. Sanger sequencing is performed to confirm certain variants.
LIMITATIONS This test will not detect variants located outside of the targeted DNA regions. This test is not optimized to detect chimerism or somatic mosaicism. This test will detect small indels but may miss larger deletions or duplications. Balanced structural variants will not be detected unless specifically targeted by a custom PCR assay.
NORMAL RANGE Interpretation: Negative

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SAMPLE REPORT Upon request

Test Codes

CPT CODE 81404, 81405, 81479x19
LOINC CODE 51779-7