Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome


WAS is an X-linked immunodeficiency characterised by thrombocytopenia and abnormal B- and T-cell functions. In carrier women this manifests as a skewed X-inactivation pattern in their whole blood. Affected individuals can be diagnosed on the basis of an abnormality or deficiency of the Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein (WASP). The WAS gene (encoding for WASP) has 12 exons and family specific mutations are found throughout the gene.

Also known as

WAS protein (WASP), Aldrich syndrome, Eczema-thrombocytopenia-immunodeficiency syndrome, Immunodeficiency 2 (IMD2), Neutropenia severe congenital X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked, Thrombocytopenia X-linked intermittent

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When requesting this test please use the referral form provided. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test.

Additional information

The guidelines for the NCG service for immunodeficiencies apply to the molecular analysis of WAS (details on request). Affected patients should be referred to the Molecular Immunology laboratory at GOSH for WAS protein analysis. This requires prior arrangement and completion of specific request forms (contact Dr Kimberly Gilmour in Molecular Immunology, GOSH � Tel: +44 (0) 20 7829 8835, Email: Kimberly.Gilmour@gosh.nhs.uk). We work closely with this department and will undertake mutation screening in appropriate patients.

Sending address

Rare & Inherited Disease Laboratory
London North Genomic Laboratory Hub
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children
Levels 4-6 Barclay House
37 Queen Square

Laboratory service


Sample requirements

1ml EDTA neonates, 5ml EDTA adults

Reference range

Not applicable

Turnaround time

40 days

Disease / group



Upon request

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Prenatals must be arranged in advance, through a Clinical Genetics department if possible.


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