Nemaline myopathy (NM) is a neuromuscular disorder characterized by muscle weakness and the presence of rod-shaped structures (nemaline bodies or rods) in affected muscle fibers. The typical, and most common, form of NM is characterized by the infantile onset of a slowly progressive or non-progressive weakness of facial, bulbar, and respiratory muscles and neck flexors. Weakness initially is primarily proximal with later distal involvement. The typical form of NM is most often autosomal recessive and the result of mutations in the NEB gene. The overall incidence of NM is estimated to be is 2/100,000 live births; however a founder mutation in NEB (p.R2478_D2512del) has been identified in the Ashkenazi Jewish population. The carrier frequency for this mutation in this population is estimated to be 1 in 168. Testing for this mutation is expected to detect at least 95% of Ashkenazi Jewish carriers of NM. Carrier screening for NM may be considered for individuals of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry before/during pregnancy.
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Two 5-10 ml tubes of anticoagulated blood. The preferred anticoagulant is EDTA (lavendar top tubes), ACD (yellow top) tubes are also accepted.
Shipping: Send at room temperature.
Turnaround Time: 10-14 days
CPT Codes: 83891, 83892x2, 83900, 83912, 83914
Consent and Requisition Forms: Carrier Screening Requisition and Consent [PDF]
Additional Information: Jewish Genetic Screening Brochure [PDF]
Related Tests: Ashkenazi Jewish Carrier Test Panel
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