Using Patient Registries and Multi-Gene Panels: A Paradigm Shift in the Pursuit of Genetic Diagnosis for Rare Pediatric Disorders

Patient registries provide a powerful resource to identify undiagnosed patient cohorts and collect cross-sectional and longitudinal clinical information on those individuals. For rare disorders, such as the congenital myopathies, a patient registry with curated patient-reported and medical report data may serve as the ideal tool to focus molecular testing. Indeed, molecular testing, which utilizes next generation sequencing, has greatly improved the ability to simultaneously analyze multiple genetic loci. The congenital myopathies (CM) comprise a heterogeneous group of heritable muscle disorders. While muscle pathology provides a “muscle biopsy” driven classification, clinical heterogeneity within this classification and the increasing number of implicated genes underscore the need for genetic confirmation. Furthermore, preclinical research has identified gene specific targeted treatments driving a need to prepare genetically confirmed cohorts for future clinical trials. Click here to read the entire article.

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