Autism and Intellectual Disability Comprehensive Panel

Autism and Intellectual Disability Comprehensive Panel 2014314
Method: Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Electrophoresis/Spectrophotometry, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, and Quantitative Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Genomic Microarray (Oligo-SNP Array), Polymerase Chain Reaction/Capillary Electrophoresis

Comprehensive genetic evaluation of individuals with ASD and/or ID

Includes cytogenomic microarray, fragile X methylation analysis, and comprehensive metabolic disorders analysis

Test Components

May be ordered separately

Cytogenomic SNP Microarray 2003414
Method: Genomic Microarray (Oligo-SNP Array)

Preferred first-tier test for DD, ID, ASD, and multiple anomalies

Testing is performed on peripheral blood

CytoScan HD platform (Thermo Fisher Scientific) to detect copy number changes, including deletions and duplications as well as copy-neutral regions of homozygosity

Cytogenomic SNP Microarray Buccal Swab 2006267
Method: Genomic Microarray (Oligo-SNP Array)

Preferred first-tier test for DD, ID, ASD, and multiple anomalies

Testing is performed on buccal sample

Fragile X (FMR1) with Reflex to Methylation Analysis 2009033
Method: Polymerase Chain Reaction/Capillary Electrophoresis

Preferred test to diagnose fragile X syndrome and carrier screening in individuals with a positive family history

If fragile X testing detects a CGG repeat of 100 or greater by polymerase chain reaction and capillary electrophoresis, methylation analysis will be added

Autism and Intellectual Disability Metabolic Panel 2014312
Method: Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Electrophoresis/Spectrophotometry, Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry, Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry

Evaluate for ASD, DD, and/or ID in individuals who have had negative FMR1 (fragile X) and cytogenomic SNP microarray testing


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability (ID) represent a neurodevelopmental continuum with significant comorbidity and overlapping etiologies. ASD is classified by varying degrees of social impairment, communication limitations, repetitive behaviors, and/or restricted interests. Symptoms typically present by age 3. ID is classified by broad impairment in cognitive and adaptive functioning, typically with an IQ below 70, and presents before age 18. A global developmental delay (DD) diagnosis often precedes a diagnosis of ID, as cognitive skill or IQ cannot be reliably assessed prior to age 6. Those with severe DD diagnosed before age 6 are most likely to develop ID.

ASD and IDs are often comorbid and may be a feature in various genetic syndromes associated with chromosomal copy number variants (CNVs), fragile X syndrome, and inborn errors of metabolism (IEMs). Literature suggests ~10-15% of individuals with ASD and/or ID have detectable chromosomal abnormalities, CNVs, and fragile X syndrome.

Disease Overview

Indications for Ordering (Testing)

  • Comprehensive evaluation of an individual with ASD and/or ID (with or without comorbidities)
  • Assist with decisions about treatment and management of an individual with ASD and/or ID
  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of ASD and/or ID


  • ASD: ~90%
  • ID: ~50%


  • ASD: ~1/68 (1/42 males, 1/189 females)
  • ID: ~1/100
  • ASD and ID combined incidence: ~1/250

Test Limitations

Autism and intellectual disability panel testing limitations:

  • Other etiologies of ASD and ID, such as single gene disorders, may not be identified
  • Uninformative results may occur due to variants of uncertain clinical significance
  • Results may not predict disorder severity

Cytogenomic SNP microarray limitations:

  • The genome-wide resolution is approximately 25-50 kb for copy number changes and approximately 3 Mb for regions of homozygosity
  • Testing does not detect
    • CNVs below the limit of resolution of this platform
    • Sequence-level variants (mutations) including point mutations and indels
    • Low-level mosaicism (generally, less than 20-30%)
    • Balanced chromosomal rearrangements (translocations, inversions, and insertions)
    • Genomic imbalance in repetitive DNA regions (centromeres, telomeres, segmental duplications, and acrocentric chromosome short arms)
    • Mitochondrial DNA alterations
  • For further review, see Additional Technical Information for Cytogenomic SNP Microarray 2003414  

Fragile X testing limitations:

  • Estimated size is not provided for full mutations with >200 repeats
  • Rare mutations in FMR1 unrelated to trinucleotide expansion will not be detected
  • Diagnostic errors can occur due to rare sequence variations
  • For further review, see Additional Technical Information for Fragile X (FMR1) with Reflex to Methylation Analysis 2009033
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Last Update: August 2019