Test Catalog

Test ID: F8NGS    
Hemophilia A, F8 Gene, Next-Generation Sequencing, Varies

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Molecular confirmation of a clinical diagnosis of hemophilia A in affected male patients


Identification of the causative alteration in the F8 gene for prognostic and genetic counseling purposes


Helping determine hemophilia A carrier status for female patients with a family history of hemophilia A


Molecular prenatal confirmation of hemophilia A

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request

This test detects pathogenic alterations within the F8 gene to delineate the underlying molecular defect in a patient with a laboratory diagnosis of hemophilia A and for determining carrier status for female patients with a family history of hemophilia A. This test may also be used to prenatally identify and confirm hemophilia A in a male fetus at risk for inheriting the disease. Diagnostic prenatal testing for female fetuses is typically medically unnecessary and not performed except in very rare cases where the fetus is known to be at risk of inheriting a pathogenic F8 alteration from both parents.


The gene target for this test is:

Gene name (transcript): F8 (GRCh37 [hg19] NM_000132)

Chromosomal location: Xq28

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

Prenatal genetic testing is not routinely performed without the prior identification of a familial hemophilia alteration in an affected male relative or a female relative who is a confirmed carrier of the alteration. Requests for this prenatal testing without a known familial alteration are performed at the discretion of a Molecular Hematopathology Laboratory Director.


For any cord blood or prenatal specimen that is received, maternal cell contamination studies will be added. A maternal whole blood sample is required to perform this test.


If amniotic fluid is received, amniotic fluid culture for genetic testing will be added and charged separately. If chorionic villus specimen is received, fibroblast culture for genetic testing will be added and charged separately.


The following algorithms are available in Special Instructions:

-Hemophilia Testing Algorithm (for testing affected male patients)

-Hemophilia Carrier Testing Algorithm (for female patients with a family history of hemophilia)

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Hemophilia A (HA) is a bleeding diathesis that most commonly affects male individuals. Symptoms include soft tissue bleeding and articular hemorrhage, such as joint bleeds, deep muscle hematomas, intracranial bleeding, prolonged oozing after surgery, and unexplained gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding. In male patients with severe deficiency, spontaneous bleeding may occur. In individuals with mild HA, bleeding may occur only after surgery or trauma. In severe hemophilia, affected male patients typically present with these symptoms within the first 2 years of life. In moderate hemophilia, affected male patients will usually present in their toddler years. Mild hemophiliacs are typically diagnosed later in life and sometimes well into adulthood.


HA is an X-linked recessive disorder that affects approximately 1 in 10,000 live male births, among all ethnic populations. Female carriers of HA alterations have a 50% chance of passing on the alteration to each child they have. If the child is male, there is a 50% chance of him inheriting the alteration and being affected by HA. If the child is female, there is a 50% chance of her inheriting the alteration and being a carrier of HA. While female carriers generally do not have bleeding symptoms, they are at risk of having affected sons. However, not all women with an affected son are germline carriers of a F8 alteration as de novo alterations in F8 occur. Overall, there is a 2% to 20% chance of her not being a carrier of an alteration associated with HA, depending on the type of alteration in the son. Importantly, there is a small risk for recurrence even when the familial F8 alteration is not identified in the mother of the affected patient due to the possibility of germline mosaicism. All of the daughters of a man with HA will inherit the disease-causing alteration. None of his sons will inherit the alteration or be affected by HA. Daughters of a man with hemophilia are considered obligate carriers because it is a virtual certainty that they carry the alteration by virtue of their biological relationship with their father. If a woman has a brother or maternal nephew who is affected with hemophilia and then has a son with hemophilia, she too is considered an obligate carrier.


HA is caused by a deficiency of clotting factor VIII (FVIII), an essential blood coagulation protein. Factor VIII increases the catalytic activity of factor IXa to convert factor X to Xa by more than 100,000-fold, propelling further steps in the coagulation cascade. FVIII is encoded by the factor VIII (F8) gene. Approximately 98% of patients with a diagnosis of HA are found to have an alteration in F8.


Hemophilia is classified according to bleeding severity, which correlates with FVIII activity levels. Severe HA is associated with FVIII activity levels of less than 1% in a male. Moderate HA is associated with 1% to 5% activity. Mild hemophilia is associated with 5% to 40% of factor VIII activity.


Affected male patients are diagnosed with hemophilia A on the basis of their FVIII activity (F8A / Coagulation Factor VIII Activity Assay, Plasma) and clinical evaluation, while obligate carrier female patients are identified by family history assessment. For affected male patients, genetic testing to identify the causative alteration is indicated if factor studies confirm an abnormally low FVIII clotting activity (less than 40%) and von Willebrand factor antigen testing is normal. In affected male patients, there is good correlation between genotype, FVIII plasma levels, and hemorrhagic risk.


Genetic testing for HA in women should only be considered if she has a first-degree male relative diagnosed with HA, if there is a maternal family history of hemophilia A and her mother has not been excluded as a carrier, or if she has abnormally low FVIII activity (F8A / Coagulation Factor VIII Activity Assay, Plasma). Carrier status in females is not excluded if the female patient has normal FVIII activity. In females, the wide range of normal factor FVIII activity in women precludes an accurate assessment of carrier status, thus making molecular testing essential in assessment of carrier status in women maternally related to males affected by HA. Carrier testing is made much easier and conclusive when the specific familial alteration has been identified in an affected male relative of obligate carrier.


For prenatal testing, a specific familial alteration should be known in order to perform prenatal testing on any male fetus at risk of inheriting a genetic alteration causing hemophilia from his mother. This is because diagnostic prenatal testing requires an invasive procedure (ie, amniocentesis or chorionic villi sampling) that carries a small but real risk of inducing spontaneous abortion. Thus, prior to any prenatal genetic testing, every effort should be made to 1) identify the familial alteration in an affected male relative or in an obligate carrier and 2) confirm the mother carries the alteration. This ensures an invasive procedure is not performed unnecessarily on a pregnancy that is not at risk for hemophilia and that the test results are informative and conclusive.


Causes of acquired (non-genetic) HA that should be excluded prior to genetic testing include heparin use, disorders associated with antibodies to clotting factors such as systemic lupus erythematosus or antiphospholipid syndrome, pregnancy or the postpartum period, rheumatic disease, tumors or hematologic malignancies, use of certain drugs (eg, penicillin, sulfamides, phenytoin, interferon, fludarabine).


Obtaining a medical genetics or hematology (coagulation) consultation prior to ordering is advised.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

An interpretive report will be provided.


Evaluation and categorization of variants is performed using the most recent published American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) recommendations as a guideline. Variants are classified based on known, predicted, or possible pathogenicity and reported with interpretive comments detailing their potential or known significance.


Consultations with the Mayo Clinic Special Coagulation Clinic, Molecular Hematopathology Laboratory, or Thrombophilia Center are available for DNA diagnosis cases. This may be especially helpful in complex cases or in situations where the diagnosis is atypical or uncertain.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances


Some individuals may have a mutation that is not identified by the methods performed. The absence of a variant, therefore, does not eliminate the possibility of hemophilia A (HA). This assay does not distinguish between germline and somatic alterations, particularly with variant allele frequencies (VAF) significantly lower than 50%. Test results should be interpreted in context of clinical findings, family history, and other laboratory data. Misinterpretation of results may occur if the information provided is inaccurate or incomplete.


Technical Limitations:

Next-generation sequencing (NGS) may not detect all types of genetic variants. Additionally, rare alterations may be present that could lead to false negative or positive results. Therefore, test results should be interpreted in the context of activity and antigen measurements, clinical findings, family history, and other laboratory data. If results do not match clinical findings, consider alternative methods for analyzing these genes, such as Sanger sequencing or large deletion/duplication analysis. Misinterpretation of results may occur if the information provided is inaccurate or incomplete.


If multiple alterations are identified, NGS is not able to distinguish between alterations that are found in the same ("in cis") and alterations found on different alleles ("in trans"). This limitation may complicate diagnosis or classification and has implications for inheritance and genetic counseling. To resolve these cases, molecular results must be correlated with clinical history, activity and antigen measurements, and family studies.


Unless reported or predicted to cause disease, alterations found deep in the intron or alterations that do not result in an amino acid substitution are not reported. These and common polymorphisms identified for this patient are available upon request.


Reclassification of Variants Policy:

At this time, it is not standard practice for the laboratory to systematically review likely pathogenic variants or variants of uncertain significance that are detected and reported. The laboratory encourages health care providers to contact the laboratory at any time to learn how the status of a particular variant may have changed over time.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Antonarakis SE, Rossiter JP, Young M, et al: Factor VIII gene inversions in severe hemophilia A: results of an international consortium study. Blood 1995;86(6):2206-2212

2. Rossiter JP, Young M, Kimberland ML, et al: Factor VIII gene inversions causing severe hemophilia A originate almost exclusively in male germ cells. Hum Mol Genet 1994;3(7):1035-1039

3. Castaldo G, D'Argenio V, Nardiello P, et al: Haemophilia A: molecular insights. Clin Chem Lab Med 2007;45(4):450-461

4. Oldenburg J, Rost S, El-Maarri O, et al: De novo factor VIII gene intron 22 inversion in a female carrier presents as a somatic mosaicism. Blood 2000;96(8):2905-2906

5. Pruthi RK: Hemophilia: a practical approach to genetic testing. Mayo Clin Proc 2005;80(11):1485-1499

6. Konkle BA, Huston H, Fletcher SN: Hemophilia A. In GeneReviews. Edited by MP Adam, HH Ardinger, RA Pagon et al. University of Washington, Seattle. Updated 2017 June 17. Accessed March 2020. Available at ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1404/

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test