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Juvenile Hereditary Hemochromatosis via the HFE2 (HJV) Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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HJV 81479 81479,81479 $990
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7699HJV81479 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.

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Genetic Counselors


  • Luke Drury, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Juvenile hereditary hemochromatosis (JHH) is a disorder characterized by excess iron overload with symptoms presenting within the first or second decade of life. Initial symptoms include lack of appetite, fatigue, amenorrhea, and arthralgia. Chronic iron deposition can lead to advanced disease including hypogonadotropic hypogonadism, hepatomegaly, cirrhosis, cardiomyopathy, arthropathy, and osteoporosis. In severe cases, JHH has led to lethal cardiac disease. Glucose intolerance has also been reported in about half of JHH cases. Early diagnosis of JHH is important as phlebotomy may be used to reduce iron levels and greatly reduces morbidity and mortality (Goldberg 2011; Lanzara et al. 2004; Santos et al. 2012).


There are six types of hemochromatosis each due to a different genetic cause: type 1- HFE, type 2- HAMP or HFE2/HJV, type 3- TRF2, type 4- SLC40A1, type 5- FTH1, and type 6- FTL. Hemochromatosis is inherited in an autosomal recessive mode through pathogenic variants in the HFE, HAMP, HFE2/HJV, or TRF2 genes or an autosomal dominant pattern through pathogenic variants in the SLC40A1, FTH1, or FTL genes (Santos et al. 2012). Missense variants occurring in exons 3 and 4 of the HFE2/HJV gene are the most commonly reported pathogenic variants, with the c.959G>T (p.Gly320Val) variant being seen in greater than half of JHH cases. Small insertions and deletions have also been reported (Lanzara et al. 2004; Papanikolaou et al. 2003; Lee et al. 2004). No splice site alterations or gross deletions have been documented in the HFE2/HJV gene. Penetrance for JHH is greatly elevated compared to hereditary hemochromatosis via pathogenic variants in the HFE gene (Goldberg 2011). The HFE2/HJV gene encodes the protein hemojuvelin, which maintains iron hemostasis by inducing expression of the negative iron regulating protein, hepcidin (Lin et al. 2007).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

In a series of 34 patients with JHH, pathogenic variants in the HFE2/HJV were found in all cases (Lanzara et al. 2004). However, additional reports have suggest that pathogenic variants in the HAMP gene occur in >10% of JHH patients (Goldberg 2011). Analytical sensitivity should be high as all pathogenic variants in the HFE2/HJV gene reported to date are detectable by sequencing.

Testing Strategy

This test provides full coverage of all coding exons of the HFE2/HJV gene, plus ~10 bases of flanking noncoding DNA. We define full coverage as >20X NGS reads or Sanger sequencing.

Indications for Test

Candidates for testing include individuals with elevated serum ferritin concentration (1000 to 7000μg/L) and elevated transferrin-iron saturation. Individuals with JHH also may have MRI imaging indicating hepatic iron overload (Goldberg 2011). This test may also be considered for the reproductive partners of individuals who carry pathogenic variants in HJV.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
HJV 608374
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Hemochromatosis Type 2 AR 602390

Related Tests

Hereditary Hemochromatosis Panel
Juvenile Hereditary Hemochromatosis via the HAMP Gene


  • Goldberg Y.P. 2011. Juvenile Hereditary Hemochromatosis. In: Pagon RA, Adam MP, Bird TD, Dolan CR, Fong C-T, Smith RJ, and Stephens K, editors. GeneReviews™, Seattle (WA): University of Washington, Seattle. PubMed ID: 20301349
  • Lanzara C. et al. 2004. Blood. 103: 4317-21. PubMed ID: 14982873
  • Lee P.L. et al. 2004. Blood. 103: 4669-71. PubMed ID: 14982867
  • Lin L. et al. 2007. Blood. 110: 2182-9. PubMed ID: 17540841
  • Papanikolaou G. et al. 2004. Nature Genetics. 36: 77-82. PubMed ID: 14647275
  • Santos P.C. et al. 2012. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 13: 1497-511. PubMed ID: 22408404


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