Bardet-Biedl Syndrome

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 Inclusion criteria

  • unexplained rod-cone dystrophy/ retinal dystrophy OR
  • at least two of the major diagnostic features associated with Bardet-Biedl syndrome:
    • Obesity
    • Polydacyly
    • Rod-cone dystrophy/ retinal dystrophy/ retinitis pigmentosa
    • Hypogenitalism
    • Renal dysplasia

 Exclusion criteria

  • non-syndromic retinitis pigmentosa without features suggestive of rod-cone dystrophy/ cone-rod dystrophy
  • existing molecular confirmation of a diagnosis of Bardet-Biedl syndrome or another ciliopathy

Prior genetic testing guidance

  • Results should have been reviewed for all genetic tests undertaken, including disease-relevant genes in exome sequencing data. The patient is not eligible if they have a molecular diagnosis for their condition.
  •  Genetic testing should continue according to routine local practice for this phenotype regardless of recruitment to the project; results of these tests must be submitted via the ‘Genetic investigations’ section of the data capture tool to allow comparison of WGS with current standard testing.

PLEASE NOTE: The sensitivity of WGS compared to current diagnostic genetic testing has not yet been established. It is therefore important that tests which are clinically indicated under local standard practice continue to be carried out.

Prior genetic testing genes

Testing of the following genes should be carried out PRIOR TO RECRUITMENT where this is in line with current local practice:

  • Genome-wide copy number variation testing (e.g. aCGH, SNP array or other genomic microarray)
  • ARL6, ALMS1, BBS1, BBS10, BBS12, BBS2, BBS4, BBS5, BBS7, BBS9, MKKS, MKS1 and TTC8

Closing statement

These requirements will be kept under continual review during the main programme and may be subject to change.

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