The characteristic feature of choroideremia is the progressive chorioretinal degeneration in affected males. In males, the symptoms range from night blindness to peripheral visual field loss with central vision preserved until late in life. About 30% of males have posterior subcapsular cataracts. Carrier females are usually asymptomatic but the chorioretinal degeneration can be picked up by fundus examination. They also exhibit mild symptoms after the second decade of life. In cases of skewed X-inactivation, females can develop symptoms similar to affected males.
Both sequencing and deletion/duplication mutations have been described in the CHM gene. A founder splice site mutation in exon 13 is common in the Finnish population. Rarely, CHM can be part of a more severe contiguous gene deletion syndrome involving Xq21.
For patients with suspected choroiderermia, sequence analysis is recommended as the first step in mutation identification. For individuals in whom mutations are not identified by full gene sequencing, deletion/duplication analysis is appropriate.
- Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of choroideremia.
- Carrier testing in adults with a family history of choroideremia.
Analytical Sensitivity: ~99%
Submit only 1 of the following specimen types
Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood
Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube:
Infants (<2 years): 2-3 ml
Children (>2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
Specimen Requirements:OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through EGL) used according to manufacturer instructions.
Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.
- Deletion/duplication analysis is available for the CHM gene.
- Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (KM) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis.
- Prenatal testing is available only for known familial mutations to individuals who are confirmed carriers of mutations. Please contact the laboratory genetic counselor to discuss appropriate testing prior to collecting a prenatal specimen.