• Turnaround time:
    10–21 calendar days (14 days on average)
  • Preferred specimen:
    3mL whole blood in a purple-top tube
  • Alternate specimens:
    DNA or saliva/assisted saliva
  • Sample requirements
  • Request a sample kit



BFIS5; CERIII; CIAT; EIEE13; MED; NaCh6; Nav1.6; PN4

Associated disorders

The SCN8A gene is associated with autosomal dominant early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (MedGen UID: 482821).

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SCN8A: Analysis includes exon 6 of NM_001330260.1.

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Invitae tests that include this gene:

Pathogenic variants in the SCN8A gene are a rare cause of clinical cases of early infantile epileptic encephalopathy (EIEE).

Voltage-gated sodium channels allow sodium ions into the cell after the application of a current, as in the case of neuron firing (depolarization). The SCN8A gene encodes an alpha subunit of a voltage-gated sodium channel expressed in the central nervous system, and it is required for regulating depolarization and re-establishing resting membrane potential (PMID: 22473783).

Assay and technical information

Invitae is a College of American Pathologists (CAP)-accredited and Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA)-certified clinical diagnostic laboratory performing full-gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis using next-generation sequencing technology (NGS).

Our sequence analysis covers clinically important regions of each gene, including coding exons, +/- 10 base pairs of adjacent intronic sequence in the transcript listed below. In addition, analysis covers the select non-coding variants specifically defined in the table below. Any variants that fall outside these regions are not analyzed. Any specific limitations in the analysis of these genes are also listed in the table below.

Our analysis detects most intragenic deletions and duplications at single exon resolution. However, in rare situations, single-exon copy number events may not be analyzed due to inherent sequence properties or isolated reduction in data quality. If you are requesting the detection of a specific single-exon copy number variation, please contact Client Services before placing your order.

Gene Transcript reference Sequencing analysis Deletion/Duplication analysis
SCN8A* NM_014191.3; NM_001330260.1

*SCN8A: Analysis includes exon 6 of NM_001330260.1.