Australia and New Zealand renal gene panel testing in routine clinical practice of 542 families

Tanudisastro, Hope A., Holman, Katherine, Ho, Gladys, Farnsworth, Elizabeth, Fisk, Katrina, Gayagay, Thet, Hackett, Emma, Jenkins, Gemma, Krishnaraj, Rahul, Lai, Tiffany, Wong, Karen, Patel, Chirag, Mallawaarachchi, Amali, Mallett, Andrew, Bennetts, Bruce, Alexander, Stephen I., and McCarthy, Hugh J. (2021) Australia and New Zealand renal gene panel testing in routine clinical practice of 542 families. npj Genomic Medicine, 6. 20.

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Genetic testing in nephrology clinical practice has moved rapidly from a rare specialized test to routine practice both in pediatric and adult nephrology. However, clear information pertaining to the likely outcome of testing is still missing. Here we describe the experience of the accredited Australia and New Zealand Renal Gene Panels clinical service, reporting on sequencing for 552 individuals from 542 families with suspected kidney disease in Australia and New Zealand. An increasing number of referrals have been processed since service inception with an overall diagnostic rate of 35%. The likelihood of identifying a causative variant varies according to both age at referral and gene panel. Although results from high throughput genetic testing have been primarily for diagnostic purposes, they will increasingly play an important role in directing treatment, genetic counseling, and family planning.

Item ID: 73367
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2056-7944
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Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: NHMRC GNT1161554
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 02:54
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320213 Medical genetics (excl. cancer genetics) @ 50%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320214 Nephrology and urology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200105 Treatment of human diseases and conditions @ 100%
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