Connexin 26: GJB2 Targeted Mutation Analysis

Test Information

GJB2 Targeted Mutation analysis is a molecular test used to identify known variants in the gene associated with Connexin 26-Related hearing loss.

Turnaround Time

2 weeks

CPT Code(s)

81253

Cost

$350

Genes

  • GJB2

Clinical Information

The frequency of childhood deafness is estimated to be 1/500. Half of this hearing loss is genetic and approximately 80% of genetic hearing loss is nonsyndromic and inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Approximately 50% of childhood nonsyndromic recessive hearing loss is caused by mutations in the connexin 26 (Cx26) gene (GJB2/DFNB1), making it the most common form of autosomal recessive nonsyndromic hearing loss with a carrier rate estimated to be as high as 1 in 36 (2.8%). Newborns with confirmed hearing loss should have Cx26 testing. Cx26 testing will help define a group in which approximately 60% will have profound or severe-profound hearing loss requiring aggressive language intervention.

Indications

Molecular testing is useful to confirm the diagnosis and to identify the disease causing mutations within a family to allow for carrier testing and prenatal diagnosis.

Detection

Approximately 98% of individuals with DFNB1 will have two identifiable GJB2 mutations.

Specimen Requirements

The preferred sample type is 3-5 ml of peripheral blood collected in an EDTA (purple top) tube. Extracted DNA, dried blood spots, and saliva are also accepted for this test. Saliva samples must be submitted in an approved saliva kit. Contact the lab to receive a saliva kit or to have one sent to your patient.

Transport Instructions

The specimen should be kept at room temperature and delivered via overnight shipping. If shipment is delayed by one or two days, the specimen should be refrigerated and shipped at room temperature. Do not freeze the specimen. Samples collected on Friday can be safely designated for Monday delivery.

Prenatal Testing Information

Prenatal diagnosis is available if the familial mutations are known. Additional fees for cell culture and maternal cell contamination may apply. Maternal cell contamination studies are required for all prenatal molecular tests. Contact the laboratory prior to sending a prenatal specimen.

Have Questions? Need Support?

Call our laboratory at 1-800-473-9411 or contact one of our Laboratory Genetic Counselors for assistance.
Robin Fletcher, MS, CGC
Falecia Thomas, MS, CGC

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