Invitae Adds 11 Panels to Its Genetic Tests for Disease, Including Muscular Dystrophy

Invitae Adds 11 Panels to Its Genetic Tests for Disease, Including Muscular Dystrophy

Invitae, which specializes in genetic information, has expanded its neurology and cardiology test offerings by adding 11 new panels for genetic diseases. The company has also updated 17 of its neurology panels and eight of its cardiology panels based on recent discoveries in the field of genetics, including tests for muscular dystrophies.

With this expansion, Invitae will be able to provide quality information on genetic changes proven to affect a series of neurologic and cardiovascular disorders, with the results coming in the same three-week period as previously, the company said in a press release.

The new panels are available immediately for use at children’s hospitals, and by pediatricians and medical genetics professionals, for diagnosis and care.

Invitae’s areas of genetic testing now include:

Furthermore, updates to existing panels included:

Prices do not differ regardless of how many genes are required to be analyzed for an accurate diagnosis. For payers and institutions in contact with Invitae, prices can start at $950, depending on the requirements. For third-party payers, outside of Invitae’s network, prices per clinical area start at $1,500. For patients who  do not have third-party insurance coverage or who do not meet insurance criteria for coverage, Invitae’s offers full tests at $475 per clinical area.

“Invitae is steadfast in its commitment to making high-quality genetic tests based on the latest clinical and scientific evidence available to patients and their family members,” Robert Nussbaum, M.D., Invitae’s chief medical officer, said in the release. “The launch of our new and updated panels clearly illustrates our ongoing dedication to careful and comprehensive gene curation.”

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  1. michael hamann says:

    Hello I have been diagnosed with a “strange” muscular dystrophy through blood testing and muscle biopsy. In the past I have made trips to the emergency room thinking I was having a heart attack the blood test always came back with my heart enzymes ok but skeletal muscle enzymes were between 3000 and 5000. After a long list of tests and doctors thinking I had hepatitis due to elevated liver levels and all ways having urinalysis that show a lot of blood in my urine I was referred to a rheumatologist who orderd the muscle biopsy. I was sent to UC San Francisco to go over the results The doctor there said he had never seen anything quite like it in a normal muscle cell the nuclei will be off to the side of the cell in Dystrophy some of the nuclei will be drifted towards the middle of the cell. In 98 percent of my cells that they looked at the nuclei was dead center in the middle of the cell he said that was very unusual. The blood that has shown in my urine since I was a kid has never really been blood but has actually been myoglobin . The experts in SanFrancisco said there is nothing they can do but give muscle relaxers and pain management and if my urine turns dark kind of like cola get right to the hospital. I was just wandering if anybody else has anything close to what I have going on. I am not looking a lot of muscle mass the Docs say I am tearing down a lot of muscle but my body is able to build it back up but I am tired and in pain all the time pain meds work for about 5 minutes. I work 60 to 70 hrs a week at a lumber mill but am feeling like I have come to the end of my rope and can no longer keep it up. Sorry for rambling I just have not been able to talk to anybody that might understand what I have been going through.

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