Known Mutation Testing (KT2)                                                   


Mendelian Inheritance in Man number: 101000

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Bilateral Acoustic Neurofibromatosis, Central Neurofibromatosis

Neurofibromatosis type 2 is characterized by bilateral vestibular schwannomas with associated symptoms of tinnitus, hearing loss and balance dysfunction. Other findings include meningiomas of the brain, schwannomas of other cranial nerves or of the dorsal roots of the spinal cord and juvenile posterior subcapsular cataract. NF2 is an autosomal dominant disorder with a frequency of 1:33-40,000 births in all populations. About 50% of patients are due to a de novo mutation, where neither parent has signs of the disorder. The offspring of an affected individual have a 50% risk of inheriting the altered NF2 gene. 


  • Predictive testing for individuals at risk of inheriting an already known familial  NF2 mutation


We offer a targeted detection of a previously characterized NF2 mutation within the family. Depending on the mutation identified previously in the family, targeted testing can involve FISH analysis, direct sequencing of a specific region or copy number analysis by MLPA.  From a fresh EDTA blood sample, DNA is extracted directly and the target region is amplified and analyzed for presence or absence of the specific mutation.

KT2 is provided free of charge to all relevant relatives of a proband in whom a novel missense alteration was found that needs further clarification to come to a final conclusion.  As the final conclusion on the pathogenicity of a missense alteration relies on accurate phenotypic data, the testing in relevant relatives is provided free of charge only if a phenotypic checklist is filled out by a healthcare professional that made the clinical assessment of the relatives.  The correct interpretation of the results also relies on the correct disclosure of the biological relationships. 


We require 5 milliliters of whole blood. Blood samples must be collected in EDTA (purple topped) tubes. For pediatric patients or those for whom venipuncture is very difficult, please send a minimum of 3 ml in EDTA.


If specimen is from clinics within UAB or Kirklin Clinic, please call 934-5562 for pick-up. If specimens are being sent from some other location, please ship via UPS or Federal Express.

1. Be sure that the shipping air bill is marked “Priority”, either Domestic or International.
2. Specimens must be packaged to prevent breakage and absorbent material must be included in the package to absorb liquids in the event that breakage occurs. Also, the package must be shipped in double watertight containers (e.g. a specimen pouch + the shipping companies Diagnostic Envelope). You can use our collection kits, which we will send to physicians directly upon request.


10 working days


Please find the most up to date prices and CPT codes for our testing services under the "Prices" tab of this website.


NF2 Test Requisition including the phenotypic data form

Form for customs (International shipment)


Note: Detailed and accurate completion of this document is necessary for reporting purposes. The Medical Genomics Laboratory issues its clinical reports based on the demographic data provided by the referring institution on the lab requisition form. It is the responsibility of the referring institution to provide accurate information. If an amended report is necessary due to inaccurate or illegible documentation, additional reports will be drafted with charge.

Requests for Molecular Genetic testing for NF2 will not be accepted for the following reasons:

  • No label (patients full name and date of collection) on the specimens
  • No referring physician’s or genetic counselor’s names and addresses
  • No billing information
  • No informed consent
  • No phenotypic checklist
  • No phenotypic checklist: we offer free of charge targeted testing to all relevant relatives of a proband in whom a novel missense variant was identified. Testing of these relatives may allow us to make a final conclusion on the pathogenicity of the novel missense variant and allow us to provide better counseling now and in the future. Free of charge targeted testing will only be provided if the necessary phenotypic information on the proband and relatives filled out by a healthcare professional accompanies the samples. If no phenotypic information is provided, we will charge the institution for the test.

For more information, test requisition forms, or sample collection and mailing kits, please call: 205-934-5562.



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Evans DG, Ramsden RT, Gokhale C, Bowers N, Huson SM, Wallace A   Should NF2 mutation screening be undertaken in patients with an apparently isolated vestibular schwannoma?  Clin Genet. 71 (4): 354-8, 2007 (pubmed)

Kluwe L, Nygren A, Errami A, Heinrich B, Matthies C, Tatagiba M, Mautner V  Screening for large mutations of the NF2 gene. Genes Chromosomes Cancer 42:384, 2005 (pubmed)