BloodCenter of Wisconsin launches gene deletion/duplication analysis

Approach provides comprehensive genetic diagnosis for patients with rare genetic bleeding disorders

MILWAUKEE, July 13, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — BloodCenter of Wisconsin’s Diagnostic Laboratories, part of Versitiā„¢, today announced the availability of genetic deletion/duplication analysis. Using array Comparative Genomic Hybridization (aCGH), this test provides timely detection of deletions and/or duplications which may escape detection with standard DNA sequencing tests. BloodCenter pairs deep clinical hematology expertise with leading edge technology in genomic medicine to provide physicians comprehensive analyses for patients with rare bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or von Willebrand disease.

BloodCenter’s test allows for the detection of deletions and duplications within a given gene, whether within a single exon, encompassing one or more exons, or the entire gene.

“BloodCenter of Wisconsin is well known for its expertise in non-malignant blood disorders,” says Rupa Udani, director of BloodCenter’s molecular diagnostics laboratory. “We now are able to determine the underlying genetic cause of hematologic disease for patients, which was previously not possible using DNA sequencing alone.”

BloodCenter’s comprehensive testing approach provides:

  • Clinical consultation with follow-up testing recommendations for patients and at-risk family members
  • Genetic consultation to physicians to ensure appropriate testing algorithm

Because BloodCenter has the ability to interpret aCGH test results with sequencing results, we can provide physicians with a comprehensive genetic analysis to enhance patient care. Visit our website to view the test description.

BloodCenter’s Diagnostic Laboratories help physicians provide clinical care to patients worldwide, fostering better understanding and treatment options for patients with difficult-to-diagnose diseases. In addition, the laboratories collaborate with other institutions and industry partners to bring new diagnostic testing and treatment options to patient care.

About BloodCenter of Wisconsin BloodCenter of Wisconsin, part of Versiti, is a not-for-profit organization that specializes in blood services, diagnostic testing, organ, tissue and marrow donation, medical services and leading-edge research. BloodCenter of Wisconsin is the only provider of blood to hospitals in 29 Wisconsin counties as well as providing support to hospitals and patients across the country. BloodCenter of Wisconsin advances patient care by delivering life-saving solutions grounded in unparalleled medical and scientific expertise. For more information, visit www.bcw.edu.

About Versiti Versiti was formed with the mission to improve the health of patients and enable the success of its healthcare partners nationally. We provide innovative, value added solutions in the fields of transfusion medicine, transplantation, and blood-related diseases to meet the needs of each of our customers. The collective efforts of Versiti affiliates result in improved patient outcomes, expanded access to care and cost efficiencies for healthcare systems nationwide. For more information, visit www.versiti.org.

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Contact: Fay Spano 414-937-6124 Fay.spano@bcw.edu