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Fanconi Anemia via the FANCA Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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FANCA 81479 81479,81479 $990
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3079FANCA81479 81479,81479 $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.

Please note: Once the testing process begins, an Estimated Report Date (ERD) range will be displayed in the portal. This is the most accurate prediction of when your report will be complete and may differ from the average TAT published on our website. About 85% of our tests will be reported within or before the ERD range. We will notify you of significant delays or holds which will impact the ERD. Learn more about turnaround times here.

Targeted Testing

For ordering sequencing of targeted known variants, go to our Targeted Variants page.


Genetic Counselors


  • Siwu Peng, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Fanconi Anemia (FA) is an inherited anemia associated with bone marrow failure (aplastic anemia), however, the clinical features of FA can expand well beyond hematologic anomalies. FA is also characterized by a range of physical abnormalities, pancytopenia, and predisposition to certain cancers - particularly acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), gynecologic and GI tract cancers, and cancers of the head and neck (Auerbach. 2009. PubMed ID: 19622403). FA patients are up to 800 fold more susceptible to AML than the general population with a median age of onset of 13 years (Rosenberg et al. 2003. PubMed ID: 12393424). Physical abnormalities include radial ray defects (absent thumb or radius), skin pigmentation defects, short stature, microphthalmia, renal and urinary tract defects, genital defects (males in particular), gastrointestinal malformations (atresia), congenital heart disease, hearing and central nervous system defects, and general developmental delay (Tischkowitz and Hodgson. 2003. PubMed ID: 12525534; Dokal. 2000. PubMed ID: 11030042). About one-third of FA patients have no obvious physical abnormalities and are diagnosed only after a family member is diagnosed, or after developing hematologic anomalies such as thromobocytopenia, leukopenia, and anemia (Giampietro et al. 1997. PubMed ID: 8986277).

A hallmark of FA is hypersensitivity of chromosomes to inter cross-strand linkage (ICL) agents such as diepoxybutane (DEB) or mitomycin C (MMC) (Sasaki and Tonomura. 1973. PubMed ID: 4352739). Exposure of primary cell cultures from FA patients to DEB or MMC results in chromosomal aberrations (breaks, radials, rearrangements) due to damaged DNA repair mechanisms that require functional products of the Fanconi anemia genes. For example, the FANCA, -B, -C, -E, -F, -G, -L, and -M proteins are part of a nuclear core complex that regulates monoubiquitination of the FANCD2 and FANCI proteins (ID complex) during S-phase and after exposure to DNA crosslinking agents (Moldovan and D'Andrea. 2009. PubMed ID: 19686080). In unaffected individuals, ubiquitination helps localize the ID complex to sites of DNA damage and facilitate repair, but in FA patients, this mechanism is impaired (Grompe and van de Vrugt. 2007. PubMed ID: 17488615; Smogorzewska et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17412408).


FA is a genetically heterogeneous disorder. To date, 22 FA or FA-like genes have been discovered. Inheritance is primarily autosomal recessive or X-linked, however a case of heterozygous FA-like syndrome was associated with a dominant-negative variant in the RAD51 (FANCR) gene (Ameziane et al. 2015. PubMed ID: 26681308). Approximately 86% of all cases are attributed to variants in three genes: FANCA (~ 60%), FANCC (~ 16%), and FANCG (~ 10%) (Auerbach. 2009. PubMed ID: 19622403). Since variants in FANCA are the most common cause of FA, it is important to note that large deletions make up over one-third of all reported pathogenic variants in FANCA. In the United States, the carrier frequency for Fanconi anemia is estimated at 1 in 181, and the incidence rate is estimated at 1 in 131,000 (http://www.fanconi.org/; Rosenberg et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21739583). Nearly 95% of all FA cases are attributed to variants in eight genes, FANCA, -C, -G, -D1 (aka BRCA2), -D2, -E, -F, and –L that are either part of the core complex required for ID complex ubiquitination and facilitation of DNA repair or function directly in ICL recognition and repair (Grompe and van de Vrugt. 2007. PubMed ID: 17488615). FA is phenotypically diverse even among related patients that harbor the same variants; null alleles however are reported to result in more severe phenotypes (Faivre et al. 2000. PubMed ID: 11110674). FA affects males and females roughly equally and affects all ethnic groups.

Hundreds of unique causative variants have been reported throughout the FANCA gene comprising primarily missense/nonsense and numerous gross deletions. Large deletions make up approximately one-third of all reported variants in the FANCA gene. Several founder variants in the FANCA gene have been identified in various populations including: Moroccans, Tunisians, Israeli Arabs, Afrikaners, Brazilians, and Spanish Gypsies. Patients with two FANCA variants resulting in null alleles may have a more severe phenotype, including earlier onset of hematologic disorders and higher occurrence of AML, than is observed in FANCA patients harboring missense variants (Faivre et al. 2000. PubMed ID: 11110674).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

Pathogenic variants in the FANCA gene ccount for ~ 60% of all Fanconi Anemia (FA) cases (Auerbach. 2009. PubMed ID: 19622403).

Gross deletions in the FANCA gene are a frequent cause of FA and account for about one-third of reported pathogenic variants for the FANCA gene (The Rockefeller University Fanconi Anemia Mutation Database; Human Gene Mutation Database).

Testing Strategy

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

Indications for Test

Patients with clinical features of FA, individuals with a family history of FA, and patients that develop aplastic anemia and hematologic disorders at any age even if they present no other physical abnormalities. This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in FANCA.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
FANCA 607139
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Fanconi Anemia, Complementation Group A AR 227650


  • Ameziane et al. 2015. PubMed ID: 26681308
  • Auerbach. 2009. PubMed ID: 19622403
  • Dokal. 2000. PubMed ID: 11030042
  • Faivre et al. 2000. PubMed ID: 11110674
  • Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Inc.
  • Giampietro et al. 1997. PubMed ID: 8986277
  • Grompe and van de Vrught. 2007. PubMed ID: 17488615
  • Human Gene Mutation Database (Bio-base).
  • Moldovan and D’Andrea. 2009. PubMed ID: 19686080
  • Rosenberg et al. 2003. PubMed ID: 12393424
  • Rosenberg et al. 2011. PubMed ID: 21739583
  • Sasaki and Tonomura. 1973. PubMed ID: 4352739
  • Smogorzewska et al. 2007. PubMed ID: 17412408
  • The Rockefeller University Fanconi Anemia Mutation Database.
  • Tischkowitz and Hodgson. 2003. PubMed ID: 12525534


Ordering Options

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