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Genet Med. 2003 Nov-Dec;5(6):440-3.

Estimated analytic validity of HFE C282Y mutation testing in population screening: the potential value of confirmatory testing.

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Foundation for Blood Research, Scarborough, Maine 04070-0190, USA.



The purpose of this study was to estimate analytic sensitivity and specificity of HFE testing for C282Y homozygosity in the hypothetical setting of population screening for hemochromatosis.


We analyzed published results of the Molecular Genetics Survey performed by the American College of Medical Genetics/College of American Pathologists between 1998 and 2002, taking into account its educational nature.


Analytic sensitivity for C282Y homozygosity is 98.4% (95% CI 95.9%-99.5%). The analytic specificity is 99.8% (99.4%-99.9%). At a frequency of 40 per 10,000 for the homozygous genotype, the analytic positive predictive value is 66%.


HFE testing for C282Y homozygosity is highly reliable. Homozygosity is uncommon in population screening, however, and confirmatory testing should be considered.

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