Test Code: 2680

Arthrogryposis, Distal, Type 2B: TNNI2 Gene Deletion/Duplication
Test Code: 2680
Turnaround time: 3 weeks


Distal arthrogryposis type 2B is an autosomal dominant congenital contracture syndrome. Characteristics include contractures primarily in the distal joints of the limb, a triangular face, downslanting palpebral fissures, small mouth, and high arched palate. Other common clinical features can include prominent nasolabial folds, attached earlobes, mild cervical webbing, short stature, severe camptodactyly, ulnar deviation, and vertical talus and/or talipes equinovarus. Primary neurological defects and muscle abnormalities are absent.

Contractures tend to be most severe at birth and are non-progressive. While distal joints are primarily affected, more proximal joints may also be affected. The severity of the contractures can vary between the upper and lower limbs and between the left and right sides of the body. Growth, development, cognitive abilities, and life expectancy are in the normal range. Clinical presentation is highly variable both between and within families.

Approximately half of the reported cases of distal arthrogryposis type 2B are inherited, and half are sporadic. Gene mutations can be identified in about 50% of individuals with a clinical diagnosis. Germline mosaicism has been reported. Three genes are currently known to be involved: TNNI2, TNNI3, and MYH3. While diagnosis is based on clinical criteria, mutation analysis can help distinguish distal arthrogryposis type 2B from other arthrogryposis syndromes.

This testing is for mutations in the TNNI2 gene (11p15.5) only.

For patients with suspected distal arthrogryposis type 2B, sequence analysis is recommended as the first step in mutation identification. For patients in whom mutations are not identified by full gene sequencing, deletion/duplication analysis is appropriate.

• OMIM #601680 Arthrogryposis, Distal, Type 2B
• Toydemir, R. and Bamshad, M. Sheldon-Hall syndrome. Orphanet J Rare Dis. 2009; 4:11.


This test is indicated for:

  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of distal arthrogryposis type 2B in an individual in whom sequence analysis was negative.


DNA isolated from peripheral blood is hybridized to a CGH array to detect deletions and duplications. The targeted CGH array has overlapping probes which cover the entire genomic region.

Please note that a “backbone” of probes across the entire genome are included on the array for analytical and quality control purposes. Rarely, off- target copy number variants causative of disease may be identified that may or may not be related to the patient’s phenotype. Only known pathogenic off-target copy number variants will be reported. Off-target copy number variants of unknown clinical significance will not be reported.


Detection is limited to duplications and deletions. The CGH array will not detect point or intronic mutations. Results of molecular analysis must be interpreted in the context of the patient’s clinical and/or biochemical phenotype.

Submit only 1 of the following specimen types

* Preferred specimen type: Whole Blood

Type: Whole Blood
Specimen Requirements:
In EDTA (purple top) or ACD (yellow top) tube: Infants (2 years): 3-5 ml
Older Children & Adults: 5-10 ml

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Refrigerate until time of shipment. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Type: Saliva
Specimen Requirements:
OrageneTM Saliva Collection kit (available through CEN4GEN) used according to manufacturer instructions.

Specimen Collection and Shipping: Store sample at room temperature. Ship sample within 5 days of collection at room temperature with overnight delivery.

Submit copies of diagnostic biochemical test results with the sample, if appropriate.
Sequence analysis is required before deletion/duplication analysis by targeted CGH array. If sequencing is performed by another third party provider, please submit a copy of the sequencing report with the test requisition.


• Sequence analysis of the TNNI2 gene is available and is required before deletion/duplication analysis.
• Custom diagnostic mutation analysis (test code: 6875) is available to family members if mutations are identified by targeted mutation testing or sequencing analysis