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Test ID: HL58R HLA-B*5801 Genotype, Allopurinol Hypersensitivity, Varies

Specimen Required

Multiple genotype tests can be performed on a single specimen after a single extraction. See Multiple Genotype Test List for a list of tests that can be ordered together.


Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Container/Tube: Lavender top (EDTA)

Specimen Volume: 3 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Invert several times to mix blood.

2. Send whole blood specimen in original tube. Do not aliquot.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient (preferred) 9 days/Refrigerated 30 days


Specimen Type: Saliva

Supplies: Saliva Swab Collection Kit (T786)

Patient Preparation: Patient should not eat, drink, smoke, or chew gum 30 minutes prior to collection.

Specimen Volume: 1 Swab

Collection Instructions: Collect and send specimen per kit instructions.

Specimen Stability Information: Ambient 30 days


Specimen Type: Extracted DNA

Container/Tube: 2-mL screw top tube

Specimen Volume: 100 mcL (microliters)

Collection Instructions:

1. The preferred volume is 100 mcL at a concentration of 50 ng/mcL.

2. Provide concentration of DNA and volume on tube.

Specimen Stability Information: Frozen (preferred) 1 year/Ambient/Refrigerated


1. New York Clients-Informed consent is required. Document on the request form or electronic order that a copy is on file. The following documents are available:

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing (T576)

-Informed Consent for Genetic Testing-Spanish (T826)

2. If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Therapeutics Test Request (T831) with the specimen.

Useful For

Identifying individuals with an increased risk of severe cutaneous adverse reactions to allopurinol based on the presence of the human leukocyte antigen HLA-B*58:01 allele

Method Name

Qualitative Allele-Specific Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)

Reporting Name

HLA-B 5801 Genotype, V

Specimen Type


Specimen Minimum Volume

Blood: 0.35 mL
Saliva, extracted DNA: see Specimen Required

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Varies Varies

Clinical Information

The human leukocyte antigen (HLA) genes help the immune system recognize and respond to foreign substances (such as viruses and bacteria). The HLA-B gene encodes a class 1 HLA molecule in the major histocompatibility complex (MHC), which acts by presenting peptides to immune cells. There are more than 1500 different HLA-B alleles identified, one of which is the HLA-B*58:01 allele. The frequency of the HLA-B*58:01 allele varies with ethnicity, with a frequency of 10% to 17% in Han Chinese, 6% in Korean, 6% to 8% in Thai, and 3% to 6% in African American populations. This allele is present at a lower frequency (approximately 1%-2%) among the White and Hispanic populations.(1)


Allopurinol is a drug widely used for hyperuricemia-related diseases such as gout, Lesch-Nyhan syndrome, and recurrent urate kidney stones. Allopurinol has been associated with severe cutaneous adverse reactions (SCAR), including drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms, toxic epidermal necrolysis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and allopurinol hypersensitivity syndrome (AHS). These reactions have a reported mortality rate of 20% to 25%. The HLA-B*58:01 allele is associated with a markedly elevated risk for SCAR/AHS.


Guidelines from the Clinical Pharmacogenomics Implementation Consortium recommend HLA-B*58:01 genotyping be performed when considering prescribing allopurinol, and that allopurinol should not be prescribed to patients who test positive for the allele due to the increased risk of SCAR.(2) In addition, the 2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the Management of Gout recommends testing for the HLA-B*58:01 allele prior to initiation of allopurinol in patients of Southeast Asian descent (eg, Han Chinese, Korean, Thai) and for African American patients.(3)

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.


Positivity for HLA-B*58:01 confers increased risk for hypersensitivity to allopurinol.


For additional information regarding pharmacogenomic genes and their associated drugs, see the Pharmacogenomic Associations Tables. This resource also includes information regarding enzyme inhibitors and inducers, as well as potential alternate drug choices.

Clinical Reference

1. Gonzalez-Galarza FF, McCabe A, Santos EJ, et al: Allele Frequency Net Database (AFND) 2020 update: gold-standard data classification, open access genotype data, and new query tools. Nucleic Acid Res. 2020;48:D783-D788

2. Saito Y, Stamp L, Caudle K, et al: Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines for human leukocyte antigen B (HLA-B) genotype and allopurinol dosing: 2015 update. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2016 Jan;99(1):36-37. doi: 10.1002/cpt.161

3. FitzGerald JD, Dalbeth N, Mikuls T, et al: 2020 American College of Rheumatology Guideline for the management of gout. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 Jun;72(6):879-895

4. Hershfield MS, Callaghan JT, Tassaneeyakul W, et al: Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium guidelines for human leukocyte antigen-B genotype and allopurinol dosing. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2013 Feb;93(2):153-158

5. Chung WH, Hung SI, Chen YT: Human leukocyte antigens and drug hypersensitivity. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;7:317-323

Day(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Report Available

3 to 5 days

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
HL58R HLA-B 5801 Genotype, V 79711-8


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
610665 HLA-B *58:01 Genotype 79711-8
610666 HLA-B *58:01 Phenotype 93308-5
610667 Interpretation 69047-9
610668 Additional Information 48767-8
610669 Method 85069-3
610670 Disclaimer 62364-5
610671 Reviewed by 18771-6
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