Invitae Marfan Syndrome Test


Test description

This test is for individuals with a clinical diagnosis of Marfan syndrome. The Invitae Marfan Syndrome Test analyzes a single gene, FBN1, which has been definitively associated with this syndrome.

Individuals with clinical symptoms of Marfan syndrome may benefit from diagnostic genetic testing to better understand risks, confirm a diagnosis, or inform management. Asymptomatic individuals within a family with a known FBN1 pathogenic variant may also benefit, as testing may clarify their own personal risk of developing Marfan syndrome or other FBN1-related disorders and inform medical management.

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Primary panel (1 gene)


Alternative tests to consider

The clinical features of Marfan syndrome can overlap with aortopathies, including thoracic aortic aneurysms and dissections and other connective tissue disorders. Marfan syndrome can also be ordered as part of a broader panel to test for aortopathy disorders. Depending on the individual’s clinical and family history, this broader panel may be appropriate. This broader panel can be ordered at no additional charge.

Marfan syndrome

Marfan syndrome is a connective tissue disorder involving the cardiovascular, skeletal, pulmonary and ocular systems. Common features include tall stature, aortic aneurysm with risk of dissection, mitral valve prolapse, ectopia lentis, myopia, and retinal detachment. Other features may include scoliosis and chest wall deformities, pneumothorax, and dural ectasia. Marfan syndrome and other FBN1-related disorders demonstrate clinical variability, ranging from severe, multi-system features in the neonatal period to an isolated feature or mild symptoms at any age. A clinical diagnosis of Marfan syndrome relies on a combination of clinical features and family history or positive genetic test results.

Approximately 70%-93% of individuals with Marfan syndrome have an identifiable FBN1 pathogenic sequence variant or deletion/duplication. This test includes both full gene sequencing and deletion/duplication analysis of FBN1.

Marfan syndrome is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern. However, approximately 25% of individuals with Marfan syndrome have a de novo pathogenic variant in FBN1.

Penetrance is high for individuals with a pathogenic variant in FBN1. Clinical variability occurs between individuals, even within the same family. The cardiovascular feature of progressive aortic aneurysm with risk of dissection is the most common cause of early mortality.

The prevalence of Marfan syndrome is approximately 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 10,000 individuals.

This test may be considered for individuals with:

  • clinical features consistent with Marfan syndrome
  • clinical features consistent with another FBN1-related disorder, such as MASS syndrome, isolated ectopia lentis, or stiff skin syndrome

For links to published management guidelines, please refer to our Management guidelines page.

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, and select noncoding variants. Our assay provides a Q30 quality-adjusted mean coverage depth of 350x (50x minimum, or supplemented with additional analysis). Variants classified as pathogenic or likely pathogenic are confirmed with orthogonal methods, except individual variants that have high quality scores and previously validated in at least ten unrelated samples.

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
FBN1 NM_000138.4