Eye Disorders: Deletion/Duplication Panel

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Condition Description

The Eye Disorder Deletion/Duplication Panel is an analysis of almost all clinically relevant genes identified as causing syndromic and non-syndromic  inherited retinal and choroidal dystrophies, as well as ocular developmental disorders. There is a wide range of genetic and phenotypic heterogeneity in retinal and choroidal disorders making accurate clinical diagnosis difficult especially during early phases of the disease onset.

Retinal disorders can be congenital and present at birth (as in Leber congenital amaurosis), present in early childhood (as in early onset retinitis pigmentosa), or present in mid life (as in pattern dystrophy). The clinical features of retinal disorders include vision loss, vision distortion, loss of peripheral vision, and night blindness. Fundus exam findings can range from almost normal appearance of the retina (as in Leber congenital amaurosis) to pale optic nerve, narrowed arterioles, bone spicules, photoreceptor loss, retinal pigment epithelial changes, and chorioretinal atrophy. The fundus appearance in the end stage of many retinal disorders, such as pattern dystrophy and cone-rod dystrophy, may be similar to that of macular dystrophy or chorioretinal atrophy. Electroretinogram (ERG) findings can range from non-recordable ERG to loss of rod or cone responses and be non-specific. Rarely, characteristic findings in ERG as in congenital stationary night blindness may help in arriving at a more accurate diagnosis.  Detailed history and clinical examination, optical coherence tomography (OCT), pattern of visual field loss and ERG may help narrow the selection of disease causing genes or groups of genes.

Some genes on this panel are available as single gene tests or as part of a more clinically specific eye disorders sub-panel (e.g. retinitis pigmentosa).  As the distinction between disorders is difficult, the Eye Disorder Deletion/Duplication Panel may be ordered as a comprehensive test. Please note that some genes may cause more than one phenotype.

General categorical overview of the eye disorders included on the panel:
  • Achromatopsia
  • Albinism
  • Bardet Biedl Syndrome
  • Bradyopsia
  • Choroideremia
  • Cone and Cone-rod Dystrophy: Please note, the RAB28 gene is not included on the NGS panel at this time due to the presence of at least 2 pseudogenes. For clinicians that would like RAB28 analysis if all other genes test negative, we request consultation with the EGL directly.
  • Congenital Stationary Night Blindness: Please note, the GRK1 gene is not included on the NGS panel at this time as this gene is only partially annotated in hg19. GRK1 will be re-evaluated with the release of hg20.
  • Flecked Retina Disorders
  • Isolated Aniridia
  • Joubert Syndrome
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis: Please note, the NMNAT1 gene is not included in the NGS panel at this time due to presence of at least 4 pseudogenes. For clinicians that would like NMNAT1 analysis if all other genes test negative, we request that you contact the EGL directly.
  • Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON)
  • Microphthalmia, Anterior Segment Dysgenesis, and Related Anomalies
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses
  • Optic Atrophy
  • Photoreceptor Dystrophy
  • Primary Open Angle Glaucoma
  • Refsum disease
  • Retinitis pigmentosa and ataxia (NARP)
  • Retinitis pigmentosa, AD, AR and X-linked
  • Retinoschisis
  • Senior Loken Syndrome
  • Stargardt's Disease and Macular Dystrophy
  • Stickler Syndrome
  • Usher Syndrome
  • Vitreoretinopathy
Disclaimer: Ordering this panel may result in the identification of a genetic change that predisposes an individual to systemic disorders in addition to eye/retinal disorders. Genetic counseling by qualified genetic counselor or medical geneticist is strongly recommended before ordering any genetic test. Ordering physicians can call Emory Genetics Laboratory at 404-778-8499 to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor.

  • Daiger et al. (1998) Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 39:S295.
  • OMIM.
  • GeneReviews.
  • Emory and Rimoin's Principles and Practice of Medical Genetics, 5th Edition.

Genes (207)

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This test is indicated for:
  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of a syndromic and/or non-syndromic retinal and optic nerve disorders.
  • Carrier testing in adults with a family history of a syndromic and/or non-syndromic retinal and optic nerve disorders.


Deletion/Duplication Analysis: DNA isolated from peripheral blood is hybridized to a gene-targeted CGH array to detect deletions and duplications. The targeted CGH array has overlapping probes that cover the entire genomic region.
Please note that a "backbone" of probes across the entire genome are included on the array for analytical and quality control purposes. Rarely, off-target copy number variants causative of disease may be identified that may or may not be related to the patient's phenotype. Only known pathogenic off-target copy number variants will be reported. Off-target copy number variants of unknown clinical significance will not be reported.


Deletion/Duplication Analysis: Detection is limited to duplications and deletions. The CGH array will not detect point or intronic mutations. Results of molecular analysis must be interpreted in the context of the patient's clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.

Specimen Requirements

When sample fails to meet the acceptable criteria, please call 470.378.2200 and ask to speak with a laboratory genetic counselor (eglgc@egl-eurofins.com).

Submit only 1 of the following specimen types

Type: Whole Blood

Specimen Requirements:

In EDTA (purple top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml.

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Type: Isolated DNA

Specimen Requirements:

In microtainer: 10 ug

Isolation using the QiagenTM Puregene kit for DNA extraction is recommended.

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment in 100 ng/ul of TE buffer. Ship sample at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Special Instructions

Please include fundus photographs, electroretinogram (ERG) findings, visual field findings, and visual acuity, if available, for expert review and clinical correlation with test results.
  • Achromatopsia, Cone, and Cone-rod Dystrophy: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Bardet-Biedl Syndrome: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Congenital Stationary Night Blindness: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Flecked-retina Disorders: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Albinism: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Joubert Syndrome: Sequencing Panel.
  • Leber Congenital Amaurosis: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Macular Dystrophy, Degeneration, Stargardt Disease: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Anophthalmia/Microphthalmia/Anterior Segment Dysgenesis/Anomaly: Sequencing Panel.
  • Neuronal Ceroid-Lipofuscinoses: Sequencing Panel.
  • Retinitis Pigmentosa: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Optic Atrophy: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Retina/Photoreceptor Dystrophy: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Senior-Loken Syndrome: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Stickler Syndrome: Sequencing Panel.
  • Usher Syndrome: Sequencing Panel.
  • Vitreoretinopathy: Sequencing and Deletion/Duplication Panels.
  • Eye Disorders: Comprehensive Sequencing Panel.

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