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What Does Carrier Screening Find?

Most people can be carriers of a disease causing change without knowing it. If both partners are carriers, they have a 25% risk of having an affected child with a recessive genetic disease and a 50% that the child will be a carrier like  the parents.


Getting tested early gives future parents the opportunity to make informed decisions and review the range of options available to guide pregnancy and family planning. 

The CentoScreen® Advantage

Comprehensive screening panel of 330 autosomal and X-linked recessive disorders

Sequencing at ≥ 20x coverage

CNV reporting for 34 genes

Additional assays for SMN1, FMR1 & CYP21A2 included

Turnaround time of 15 business days

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Why choose CentoScreen® for your patients?

  • Sequencing of coding regions +/- 10 flanking intronic bases of 330 genes
  • Integrated copy number variation (CNV) reporting for 34 genes
  • Includes most relevant disease-causing variants from HGMD®, including deep intronic variants, and proprietary CentoMD® variants
  • Additional analyses for fragile X syndrome, spinal muscular atrophy, and congenital adrenal hyperplasia (FMR1, SMN1 and CYP21A2 genes respectively)
  • ≥99% of targeted genes covered at ≥ 20x sequenced by next generation sequencing
  • Low quality single nucleotide variants (SNVs) and all relevant deletion/insertion variants are confirmed by Sanger sequencing or MLPA/qPCR prior to reporting

Who can be offered carrier screening with CentoScreen®?

CentoScreen® can be offered to individuals considering a pregnancy or in early pregnancy. It is appropriate for individuals or couples with the following backgrounds:

Who should consider CentoScreen®

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  • CentoScreen® - Full list of genes and diseases


CentoScreen® testing options

Depending on the couple and your patients’ needs, different CentoScreen® ordering options are available.

Frequently asked questions

Based on previous analyses of several tens of thousands of cases, CENTOGENE has defined quality criteria for single nucleotide variants (SNVs), which when met, show 100% concordance with Sanger sequencing. Therefore, for SNVs that meet our quality parameters, NGS approaches the same level of validity as Sanger sequencing and additional Sanger sequencing does not provide any additional information.

However, the following variants if chosen for reporting are always confirmed by an orthologous method:

•       SNVs that do not meet our quality thresholds – by Sanger sequencing

•       All relevant deletion/insertion variants are confirmed by Sanger sequencing or MLPA/qPCR

The panel includes FMR1 repeat expansion analysis which can determine the risk having a child with Fragile X syndrome. However, fragile X syndrome is XLD and either parent could have an expansion in the permutation range that, if transferred to the child could be causative for the syndrome. The way the paired pack analysis is set up, we can exclude that the initially tested partner transmits the possibly pathogenic allele, but since the initial or first partner would be negative we would not activate the analysis for the second partner. This means that we cannot completely assess the risk of passing on fragile X syndrome to their children. The clinician would need to order FMR1 separately or order the duo analysis to be absolutely sure.

This is flexible. Both males and females can be tested first and is determined by the physician.

In such cases where there is no family history of genetic disease and both partners will be tested, testing the female sample first would be logical due to the assessment of X-linked disorders (males would, if carrying such variants, already be impacted as they only have one X chromosome).

We do not report ACMG secondary (incidental) findings as this is not the purpose of the test.

However, for a few conditions patients themselves can be identified as being affected for diseases with mild presentation or late-onset forms (eg. Gaucher). Patients should be counseled accordingly and this information is also listed on our request form.

Yes. TAT is 15 business days for all testing options.

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