Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID Including Omenn Syndrome): DCLRE1C (Artemis) for RS-SCID or SCIDA (Full Gene Sequencing)

CPT: 81479
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Test Details

Test Includes

This test covers all coding nucleotides of gene DCLRE1C (Artemis), plus at least two and typically 20 flanking intronic nucleotides upstream and downstream of each coding exon, covering the conserved donor and acceptor splice sites, as well as typically 20 flanking nucleotides in the 5′ and 3′ UTR.


Confirm a clinical diagnosis of SCID; detect carriers; allow early diagnosis in family members


This method does not reliably detect mosaic variants; large deletions; large duplications, inversions, or other rearrangements; or deep intronic variants. It may be affected by allele-dropout, it may not allow determination of the exact numbers of T/A or microsatellite repeats, and it does not allow any conclusion as to whether two heterozygous variants are present on the same or on different chromosome copies.

Results of this test are for investigational purposes only. The performance characteristics of this assay have been determined by LabCorp. The result should not be used as a diagnostic procedure without confirmation of the diagnosis by another medically established diagnostic product or procedure.


DNA sequencing

Reference Interval

Normal equals reference sequence or variants that are known or predicted to be benign; abnormal equals all other variants.

Additional Information

Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is a recessively (X-linked or autosomal) inherited immune disorder characterized by severe lymphopenia and lack of adaptive immunity, leading to severe and persistent infections. Left untreated, SCID is typically lethal in infancy or childhood. T-cell lymphopenia is common to all forms of SCID, but may be initially masked by the temporary presence of maternal lymphocytes that have crossed the placenta during gestation. Levels of B cells and of natural killer (NK) cells vary depending on the genetic defect. Mutations in DCLRE1C (also known as Artemis) cause T-B-NK+SCID with autosomal recessive inheritance and account for about 1% of SCID overall. DCLRE1C-related SCID is also known as radiation-sensitive SCID, since it causes increased sensitivity of both bone marrow and skin fibroblasts to ionizing radiation. Mutations in DCLRE1C that show residual activity lead to Omenn syndrome, which can be distinguished from SCID by the presence of normal or elevated T-cell levels, elevated levels of serum IgE, and eosinophilia. In rare cases, B cells are also present; however, both B cells and T cells are oligoclonal and nonfunctional. Genetic testing can confirm a clinical diagnosis of DCLRE1C-related SCID and detect mutation carriers within affected families.

Specimen Requirements


Whole blood; DNA is accepted (Call 800-345-4363 for DNA collection information.)


2 mL


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube


Samples may be stored for brief periods at 4°C. Ship overnight at room temperature.

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Container broken or leaking; container not labeled or label not legible; improper anticoagulant

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

In cases in which a known mutation can be documented, the physician may prefer to order test 252723.

Test orders must include an attestation that the provider has the patient's informed consent for genetic testing. See sample physician office consent form: Consent for Genetic Testing. In the case of family tests (ie, known mutations), please submit the result report of the first patient tested in the family (the index case), if not performed at a LabCorp facility. Other family members are subsequently tested for the specific mutation found in the first patient tested.


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Fischer A, Le Deist F, Hacein-Bey-Abina S, et al. Severe combined immunodeficiency. A model disease for molecular immunology and therapy. Immunol Rev. 2005; 203:98-109.15661024


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
252492 SCID/Omenn Syn.: DCLRE1C 41103-3 252173 Routing 41103-3

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