Apr 1, 2020

The CFTR variant profile of Hispanic patients with cystic fibrosis: Impact on access to effective screening, diagnosis, and personalized medicine

Journal of Genetic Counseling
Megan N JanuskaElinor Langfelder-Schwind


Hispanic patients comprise an appreciable and increasing proportion of patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) in the United States (US). Hispanic patients with CF are known to have increased morbidity and mortality compared to non-Hispanic white patients with CF, and ongoing investigations are underway to identify contributing factors amenable to intervention in order to address the disparate health outcomes. One contributing factor is the different CF transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) variant profile observed in Hispanic patients with CF. The most common CFTR variant, p.Phe508del (legacy name F508del), is proportionally underrepresented in Hispanic patients with CF. This difference has implications for prenatal screening, newborn screening (NBS), and CFTR variant-specific therapeutic options. In particular, the recent approval of a highly effective CFTR modulator for patients carrying at least one copy of F508del, elexacaftor/tezacaftor/ivacaftor triple combination therapy, underscores the potential for unequal access to personalized treatment for Hispanic patients with CF. We report the CFTR variant profiles of Hispanic patients with CF and non-CF Hispanic infants with a false-positive New York State CF NBS at a single c...Continue Reading

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