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PURPOSE Using exome sequence data from 159 families participating in the National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Diseases Program, we evaluated the number and inheritance mode of reportable incidental sequence variants. METHODS Following the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics recommendations for reporting of incidental findings from(More)
PURPOSE This report describes the National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Diseases Program, details the Program's application of genomic technology to establish diagnoses, and details the Program's success rate during its first 2 years. METHODS Each accepted study participant was extensively phenotyped. A subset of participants and selected family(More)
PURPOSE Medical diagnosis and molecular or biochemical confirmation typically rely on the knowledge of the clinician. Although this is very difficult in extremely rare diseases, we hypothesized that the recording of patient phenotypes in Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) terms and computationally ranking putative disease-associated sequence variants improves(More)
Disease gene discovery has been transformed by affordable sequencing of exomes and genomes. Identification of disease-causing mutations requires sifting through a large number of sequence variants. A subset of the variants are unlikely to be good candidates for disease causation based on one or more of the following criteria: (1) being located in genomic(More)
In this study, we assess exome sequencing (ES) as a diagnostic alternative for genetically heterogeneous disorders. Because ES readily identified a previously reported homozygous mutation in the CAPN3 gene for an individual with an undiagnosed limb girdle muscular dystrophy, we evaluated ES as a generalizable clinical diagnostic tool by assessing the(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD), the most common ciliopathy of childhood, is characterized by congenital hepatic fibrosis and progressive cystic degeneration of kidneys. We aimed to describe congenital hepatic fibrosis in patients with ARPKD, confirmed by detection of mutations in PKHD1. METHODS Patients with ARPKD(More)
The Undiagnosed Diseases Program at the National Institutes of Health uses high-throughput sequencing (HTS) to diagnose rare and novel diseases. HTS techniques generate large numbers of DNA sequence variants, which must be analyzed and filtered to find candidates for disease causation. Despite the publication of an increasing number of successful(More)
While genomic sequencing methods are powerful tools in the discovery of the genetic underpinnings of human disease, incidentally-revealed novel genomic risk factors may be equally important, both scientifically, and as relates to direct patient care. We performed whole-exome sequencing on a child with VACTERL association who suffered severe post-surgical(More)
Fatty acid hydroxylase-associated neurodegeneration due to fatty acid 2-hydroxylase deficiency presents with a wide range of phenotypes including spastic paraplegia, leukodystrophy, and/or brain iron deposition. All previously described families with this disorder were consanguineous, with homozygous mutations in the probands. We describe a 10-year-old(More)
The National Institutes of Health Undiagnosed Diseases Program evaluates patients for whom no diagnosis has been discovered despite a comprehensive diagnostic workup. Failure to diagnose a condition may arise from the mutation of genes previously unassociated with disease. However, we hypothesized that this could also co-occur with multiple genetic(More)