AccuType® Warfarin

Test Code

CPT Codes
81227, 81355

Physician Attestation of Informed Consent
This germline genetic test requires physician attestation that patient consent has been received if ordering medical facility is located in AK, DE, FL, GA, IA, MA, MN, NV, NJ, NY, OR, SD or VT or test is performed in MA.

detects variants from two genes, VKORC1 and CYP2C9

Preferred Specimen
5 mL whole blood collected in an EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Minimum Volume
3 mL

Other Acceptable Specimens
ACD solution A (yellow-top) tube • Sodium heparin (royal blue-top) tube • Sodium heparin (green-top) tube • ACD solution B (yellow-top) tube • Lithium heparin (green-top) tube • Saliva: 2 mL in Oragene DNA self-collection kit

Whole blood (preferred): Normal phlebotomy procedure. Store and ship room temperature immediately. Do not freeze.

Saliva (acceptable): Collect saliva using Oragene self-collection kit. Store and ship room temperature immediately. Do not freeze.

Transport Container
EDTA (lavender-top) tube

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 8 days
Refrigerated: 8 days
Frozen: Unacceptable

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Received frozen • Wrong specimen type or container

Single Nucleotide Primer Extension

FDA Status
This test was developed and its analytical performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by FDA. This assay has been validated pursuant to the CLIA regulations and is used for clinical purposes.

Setup Schedule
Mon, wed, fri

Report Available
6-9 days

Variations in two genes (VKORC1 and CYP2C9) are particularly important in warfarin metabolism. VKORC1 may explain 30% of the variability in drug response between patients and changes in CYP2C9 may explain 10% of the dose variation. While significant portion of the dose variability can be accounted for by genetic factors, this testing will not determine all factors associated with dose variability.

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance
Warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy is associated with significant complications because of its narrow therapeutic index and large interpatient dosage variation necessary to achieve an optimal therapeutic response. This variation is due to both genetic and environmental factors. A promoter variant (-1639 G→A) of the Vitamin K epoxide complex subunit 1 (VCR) accounts for 25%-44% of this variability and variants of the cytochrome P enzyme C (SPCA) account for 10%-15% of this variability. Identification of these warfarin sensitive variants of the VKORC1 and the CYP2C9 genes may allow a more individualized therapy and reduced risk of bleeding complications.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute-San Juan Capistrano, CA
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2042

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