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CHARGE and Kallmann Syndromes via the CHD7 Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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CHD7 81407 81407,81479 $990
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4633CHD781407 81407,81479 $990 Order Options and Pricing

Pricing Comments

Testing run on PG-select capture probes includes CNV analysis for the gene(s) on the panel but does not permit the optional add on of exome-wide CNV analysis. Any of the NGS platforms allow reflex to other clinically relevant genes, up to whole exome or whole genome sequencing depending upon the base platform selected for the initial test.

An additional 25% charge will be applied to STAT orders. STAT orders are prioritized throughout the testing process.

This test is also offered via a custom panel (click here) on our exome or genome backbone which permits the optional add on of exome-wide CNV or genome-wide SV analysis.

Turnaround Time

3 weeks on average for standard orders or 2 weeks on average for STAT orders.

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Genetic Counselors


  • Stela Berisha, PhD, FACMG

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

CHARGE syndrome is a severe developmental disorder characterized by multiple congenital defects involving sensory and mediastinal organs. It is a clinically heterogeneous disorder in regards to symptoms and severity. Hallmark features include ocular coloboma; choanal atresia; cranial nerve abnormalities leading to facial palsy, loss of sense of smell, feeding, swallowing and breathing difficulties; and external and inner ear malformations resulting in hearing loss and reduced sense of balance. Additional features include hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, which manifests as incomplete or absent puberty and infertility; genital hypoplasia; growth and developmental delay; a wide variety of heart defects; cleft lip or palate; and distinctive facial features. CHARGE syndrome is usually diagnosed during childhood. Diagnosis is made based on the presence of a combination of major and minor clinical features (Blake et al. 1998; Verloes et al. 2005). Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the temporal bones reveals abnormalities in the semicircular canal (Amiel et al 2001). In rare cases, CHARGE syndrome has been detected in adult individuals only after the birth of a child with the major characteristic features of the disease (Hughes et al. 2014). It has also been diagnosed antenatally (Legendre et al. 2012). CHARGE syndrome affects individuals worldwide with an incidence of approximately 1 case in 12,500 live births (Källén et al. 1999). Higher incidences have been reported in the Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (Issekutz et al. 2005). See also (Lalani et al. 2012) and the CHARGE Syndrome Foundation (http://www.chargesyndrome.org/foundation.asp).

Kallmann syndrome has clinical overlap with CHARGE syndrome. It is characterized by hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and impaired sense of smell as the result of deficient hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone and agenesis of the olfactory lobes, respectively. Additional features include unilateral failure of kidney development; abnormalities in tooth development; cleft lip and/or palate; and bimanual synkinesis, which is manifested by involuntary movements of one hand that mimic the other hand (Dode et al. 2003; Kaplan et al. 2010).


CHARGE and Kallmann syndromes are autosomal dominant conditions. More than 95% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome based on the Blake or Verloes criteria have heterozygous mutations in the CHD7 gene (Blake 1998; Verloes, 2005; Blake 2011). Over 680 different causative mutations, located throughout the length of the gene, are listed in public databases (Human Gene Mutation Database; CHD7 Mutation Database). The great majority result in truncated proteins, and include nonsense, splicing, small deletions and insertions. About 2% of all pathogenic variants are large deletions, some of which include the entire CHD7 gene (Wincent et al. 2008). Chromosomal abnormalities as the result of balanced translocations, rearrangements, or interstitial deletions have been reported (Hurst et al. 1991; Johnson 2005; Arrington et al. 2005). Although most disease-causing variants are de novo, familial cases have been reported (Jongmans et al. 2008; Hughes et al. 2014). In these families, clinical features are usually variable among affected individuals and may be very mild. Parental mosaicism, both somatic and germline, have been detected (Jongmans et al 2006; Pauli et al. 2009).

About 30 CHD7 pathogenic variants are reported in patients with KS; they account for ~ 11% of patients with a clinical diagnosis (Marcos et al. 2014). Unlike CHARGE-causative variants, the majority of KS-causative variants are missense. To date, no large deletions, duplications, or complex rearrangements were reported. Most cases are sporadic.

The CHD7 gene encodes the chromodomain helicase DNA-binding protein 7 that is required for normal mammalian development.

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

The sensitivity of this test varies based on the criteria used for diagnosis. Mutations in CHD7 are detected in over 95% of patients with a clinical diagnosis based on Blake or Verloes criteria (Blake et al. 1998; Verloes et al. 2005). CHD7 mutations are found in 60-70% of patients who are suspected to have CHARGE syndrome (Blake et al. 2011). About 11% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of Kallmann syndrome have pathogenic variants in CHD7 (Marcos et al. 2014).

Large pathogenic deletions have been reported in less than 5% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of CHARGE syndrome (Bergman et al. 2008; Wincent et al. 2009; Blake et al. 2011).

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the CHD7 gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Patients presenting with the major clinical criteria or a combination of minor and major criteria for CHARGE syndrome as described (Blake et al. 1998; Verloes et al. 2005). For Kallmann syndrome, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and impaired sense of smell.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
CHD7 608892
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
CHARGE Association AD 214800

Related Tests

CHARGE and Kallmann Syndromes Panel
Hypogonadotropic Hypogonadism/Kallmann Syndrome Panel
Kallmann Syndrome (KS) Panel


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