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CentoICU® – because life begins today

Genetic testing when every moment counts

For the earliest and fastest diagnosis of critically ill newborns and children under 24 months in intensive care units (ICU).

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CentoICU® – for the earliest and fastest diagnosis

CentoICU®  is designed to diagnose genetic conditions that become present in the newborn or early childhood period. Many of these have overlapping phenotypes and diagnosis may have immediate implications for the treatment of newborns and children.

Why choose CENTOGENE?

Low sample requirements (just 0.5 ml blood, 1 µg DNA or 1 filter card)

Screening of more than 800 genes associated with over 100 conditions

Short turnaround times – Less than ten business days possible

World-class medical reports interpreted by expert human geneticists

What is CentoICU® ?

Newborns and children under 24 months presenting with life-threatening conditions need a fast and precise diagnosis to ensure rapid and efficient further diagnostic and therapeutic initiation.

Up to one-third of all babies and children admitted to the ICU have a genetic disease. For many of them early identification can make the difference for their immediate and later health.

CentoICU® is a comprehensive NGS panel that includes more than 800 genes, explicitly selected for the genetic testing of critically ill newborns and children under 24 months. It is designed to address multiple genetic conditions that may present in the newborn or first childhood period, many with overlapping phenotypes and immediate implications for treatment initiation. It allows clinicians to utilize just one single test to provide an accurate diagnosis of newborn-related diseases.

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When to recommend CentoICU® ?

CentoICU® allows clinicians to utilize one test to provide an accurate assessment for newborn-related genes and associated genetic diseases using dried blood spots, and it provides fast delivery of the results in less than 10 business days.

CentoICU® is indicated for newborns and children under 24 months admitted to the ICU and presenting with unclear symptomatology which can be part of a genetic condition, i.e.

  • Bleeding dyathesis
  • Blood abnormalities (anemia)
  • Bone fragility
  • Failure to thrive
  • Heart abnormality/arrhythmia
  • Hepatospenomegaly
  • Hypotonia
  • Ichthyosis/epidermolysis bullosa
  • Metabolic abnormalities*
  • Microcephaly
  • Neutropenia
  • Abnormal newborn screening results**
  • Respiratory failure
  • Skeletal abnormalities/craniosynostosis
  • Skin fragility
  • Unclear seizures

*) Abnormal acylcarnitine profile, amino acidemia/urea, hyperbilirubinemia, hyper-/hypoinsulinism, persistent hypoglycemia, organic acidemia/urea
**) CentoICU®  includes genes to cover all ACMG core panel phenotypes for newborn screening except hearing loss

What are the advantages of CentoICU®?

  • Short TATs: 10 business days (CentoICU® FAST and CentoICU® Panel Genomic FAST ) or 15 business days (CentoICU® and CentoICU® Panel Genomic)
  • Add-on option of CGH array CentoArray® possible to complement copy number analysis with high density array
  • Exhaustive coverage of the coding regions
  • Specialized technology that allows us to target genes that are clinically linked to the ACMG-recommended newborn screening conditions as well as conditions that have been nominated for the list

Disorders with potential direct therapeutic consequences

Disorder* Genes
Alagille syndrome NOTCH2, JAG1
Alpha-Thalassemia HBA1, HBA2
Arginase deficiency ARG1
Beta-Thalassemia HBB
Biotinidase deficiency BTD
Biotin-thiamine-responsive basal ganglia disease SLC19A3
Carnitine deficiency SLC22A5
Cystic Fibrosis CFTR
Dystonia DOPA responsive GCH1
Factor VII deficiency F7
Glucose transporter 1 deficiency SLC2A1
Glutaric acidemia Type 1 GCDH
Hemophilia A F8
Hemophilia B F9
Hereditary Fructose intolerance ALDOB
Holocarboxylase synthetase deficiency HLCS
Maple syrup urine disease (MSUD) BCKDHA, BCKDHB, DBT
Non ketotic hyperglicinemia GLDC
Phenylketonuria PAH
Pompe disease GAA
Primary coenzyme Q10 deficiency COQ8A
Pyridoxamine 5 phosphate oxidase deficiency PNPO
Pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy ALDH7A1
Pyruvate carboxylase deficiency PC
Tuberous sclerosis complex TSC1
Tuberous sclerosis complex TSC2
Tyrosinemia Type I FAH
VLCAD deficiency ACADVL

*List does not include all disorders covered by our panel

What genes are included in CentoICU®?

CentoICU® is designed for analysis more than 800 genes associated with over 100 conditions. The list of included genes was developed by our expert medical team based on several selection criteria, i.e.:

  • Early onset
  • Severe disease
  • ICU related symptomatology
  • Diseases/syndromes of differential diagnostic value

We will be happy to provide detailed information on the genes within CentoICU® panel related to a specific set of HPO terms on request.


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