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Myoclonus-Dystonia Syndrome via the SGCE Gene

Summary and Pricing

Test Method

Sequencing and CNV Detection via NextGen Sequencing using PG-Select Capture Probes
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SGCE 81406 81406,81405 $990
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8435SGCE81406 81406,81405 $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


  • Jamie Fox, PhD

Clinical Features and Genetics

Clinical Features

Myoclonus-dystonia (M-D) (OMIM 159900) is characterized by myoclonus (rapid, brief muscle contractions) and dystonia (abnormal sustained postures or sustained twisting and repetitive movements) with onset of symptoms usually in childhood or early adolescence. Dystonia of the neck and head and writer's cramp are common. The myoclonus affects primarily the neck, trunk, and arms, sparing the face and legs. Psychiatric features, particularly anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders and alcohol dependence, have been reported (Hess et al. Neurology 68:522-524, 2007). Alcohol ingestion results in a dramatic reduction in myoclonus in most affected adults. (Hess et al. Addict Biol 11:117-125, 2006).


The SGCE gene (M-D caused by variant in SGCE is also known as DYT11) is the primary gene known to be associated with M-D. M-D is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner with incomplete penetrance. Almost all children who inherit a variant from their fathers develop symptoms, while only ~15% of children who inherit a variant from their mothers develop symptoms (Grabowski et al. Eur J Hum Genet 11:138-144, 2003; Nemeth Brain 125:695-721, 2002). De novo gene variants have also been observed (Borges et al. Mov Disord 22:1208-9, 2007; Hedrich et al. Neurology. 62:1229-1231, 2004). Causative SGCE variants are largely frameshift, nonsense, and splicing.

Variants in the TOR1A gene have also been implicated in M-D. Testing for the TOR1A gene is available from PreventionGenetics. Several M-D families show linkage to a region of chromosome 18p (locus DYT15). This putative M-D gene has not yet been identified. (Han et al. Mov Disord 22:888-92, 2007; Schule et al. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 75:1181-1185, 2004).

Clinical Sensitivity - Sequencing with CNV PG-Select

SGCE variants are thought to be found in between 30-50% of familial M-D patients and in 10-15% of non-familial cases (Raymond and Ozelius, GeneReviews, Myoclonus-Dystonia, 2005).

Testing Strategy

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

Indications for Test

Candidates for this test are patients with symptoms consistent with M-D and the family members of patients with known variants. In addition to this SGCE gene test, PreventionGenetics also offers sequencing of most of the other known dystonia genes.


Official Gene Symbol OMIM ID
SGCE 604149
Inheritance Abbreviation
Autosomal Dominant AD
Autosomal Recessive AR
X-Linked XL
Mitochondrial MT


Name Inheritance OMIM ID
Myoclonic Dystonia AD 159900


  • Borges, V., et.al. (2007). "Novel and de novo mutations of the SGCE gene in Brazilian patients with myoclonus-dystonia." Mov Disord 22(8): 1208-9. PubMed ID: 17394244
  • Deborah Raymond, Laurie Ozelius (2005). "Myoclonus-Dystonia." PubMed ID: 20301587
  • Grabowski, M., et.al. (2003). "The epsilon-sarcoglycan gene (SGCE), mutated in myoclonus-dystonia syndrome, is maternally imprinted." Eur J Hum Genet 11(2): 138-44. PubMed ID: 12634861
  • Han, F., et.al. (2007). "Refinement of the DYT15 locus in myoclonus dystonia." Mov Disord 22(6): 888-92. PubMed ID: 17274032
  • Hedrich, K., et.al. (2004). "Myoclonus-dystonia: detection of novel, recurrent, and de novo SGCE mutations." Neurology 62(7): 1229-31. PubMed ID: 15079037
  • Hess, C. W., et.al. (2007). "Myoclonus-dystonia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and alcohol dependence in SGCE mutation carriers." Neurology 68(7): 522-4. PubMed ID: 17296918
  • Hess, C. W., Saunders-Pullman, R. (2006). "Movement disorders and alcohol misuse." Addict Biol 11(2): 117-25. PubMed ID: 16800824
  • Nemeth, A. H. (2002). "The genetics of primary dystonias and related disorders." Brain 125(Pt 4): 695-721. PubMed ID: 11912106
  • Schule, B., et.al. (2004). "Genetic heterogeneity in ten families with myoclonus-dystonia." J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 75(8): 1181-5. PubMed ID: 15258227


Ordering Options

We offer several options when ordering sequencing tests. For more information on these options, see our Ordering Instructions page. To view available options, click on the Order Options button within the test description.

myPrevent - Online Ordering

  • The test can be added to your online orders in the Summary and Pricing section.
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  • Billing information along with specimen and shipping instructions are within the requisition form.
  • All testing must be ordered by a qualified healthcare provider.

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If ordering a Duo or Trio test, the proband and all comparator samples are required to initiate testing. If we do not receive all required samples for the test ordered within 21 days, we will convert the order to the most effective testing strategy with the samples available. Prior authorization and/or billing in place may be impacted by a change in test code.

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