Invitae Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Panel

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  • Test code: 02313
  • 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
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Test description

This test analyzes genes associated with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) and other multi-system disorders that may present with features similar to EDS or have connective tissue disease as one feature. Given the clinical overlap between Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and related connective tissue disorders, this panel enables a more efficient evaluation of multiple disorders based on a single indication.

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Primary panel (14 genes)

ADAMTS2 ATP7A CHST14 COL1A1 COL1A2 COL3A1 COL5A1 COL5A2 CRTAP FKBP14 FLNA P3H1 PLOD1 SLC39A13

  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome
    • classic type (types I/II)
    • vascular type (type IV)
    • kyphoscoliotic form (type VI)
    • arthrochalasia type (types VIIA/B)
    • dermatosparaxis type (type VIIC)
    • musculocontractural type 1
    • with progressive kyphoscoliosis, myopathy and hearing loss
  • genes on this panel are also associated with other disorders

Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS) is a clinically heterogeneous connective tissue disorder that can affect the integrity of the skin, joints, blood vessels and internal organs. Clinical features include joint hypermobility or recurrent dislocation, abnormal bruising or bleeding, hyperextensible skin, unexplained vessel aneurysm or dissection, or unexplained rupture of an internal organ. The clinical presentation and severity of EDS, classic and vascular types, can be highly variable, even among family members. The clinical features of the rare forms of EDS may also include joint contractures, generalized hypotonia, scoliosis, blue or fragile sclera, or hearing loss. Less commonly, EDS can exhibit clinically overlapping features with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). While OI is characterized by bone fragility specifically, additional features can include blue sclerae, progressive skeletal changes and hearing loss. Some individuals may demonstrate features of both EDS and OI.

The clinical sensitivity of this test is 52-93% for EDS, classic type and 90-95% for EDS, vascular type for individuals with a clinical diagnosis. The other types of EDS included in this test panel are rare causes of EDS. The clinical sensitivity is unknown for individuals with borderline or non-specific connective tissue disease.

The classic, vascular and arthrochalasia types of EDS due to COL5A1, COL5A2, COL3A1, COL1A1, and COL1A2 are inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Pathogenic COL1A2 variants may also exhibit autosomal recessive inheritance, which is associated with the cardiac valvular form of EDS. EDS or EDS-like clinical features due to ADAMTS2, FKBP14, PLOD1 and SLC39A13 are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. CRTAP-related and P3H1-related osteogenesis imperfecta is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. The ATP7A and FLNA genes are associated with X-linked conditions.

The classic and vascular types of EDS exhibit high penetrance but highly variable clinical presentations, ranging from severe, multi-system features of connective tissue disease to mild features that may go unrecognized. The autosomal recessive types of EDS typically demonstrate high penetrance with early-onset of connective tissue disease features.

The prevalence of EDS, classic type is estimated to be 1 in 20,000, while the prevalence of the vascular type is approximately 1 in 200,000.

This test may be considered for individuals with:

  • clinical diagnosis of EDS, classic or vascular type
  • early-onset connective tissue disease
  • features of EDS and osteogenesis imperfecta (OI)

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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
ADAMTS2 NM_014244.4
ATP7A NM_000052.6
CHST14 NM_130468.3
COL1A1 NM_000088.3
COL1A2 NM_000089.3
COL3A1 NM_000090.3
COL5A1 NM_000093.4
COL5A2 NM_000393.3
CRTAP NM_006371.4
FKBP14 NM_017946.3
FLNA NM_001456.3
P3H1 NM_022356.3
PLOD1 NM_000302.3
SLC39A13 NM_152264.4