Autoimmune Polyendocrinopathy-Candidiasis-Ectodermal Dystrophy Syndrome (APECED) is diagnosed in patients who have 2 of the triad of adrenal insufficiency (Addison disease), hypoparathyroidism, and chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis. Some allelic variants, in particular the IranianJewish polyglandular syndrome, are recognized with only parathyroid involvement. Polyendocrinopathy can include IDDM, hypergonadotropic hypogonadism, and autoimmune thyroid disease. Other autoimmune manifestations can include hepatitis, malabsorption, alopecia, vitiligo, and pernicious anemia. Typically candidiasis appears in early childhood, followed by hypoparathyroidism and then Addison disease, but presentation and severity can vary.

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  • Confirmation of a clinical diagnosis
  • Selection of appropriate treatment
  • Identification of at-risk family members
  • Prenatal diagnosis
  • Carrier testing in siblings or other relatives


3 weeks
2-5 mL Blood - Lavender Top Tube
Buccal Swabs

*Reporting times are typical, but could be extended in situations outside GeneDx's reasonable control.


  • 112 Candidiasis Includes: infection by Candida species moniliasis
  • 255.4 Corticoadrenal insufficiency
  • 252.1 Hypoparathyroidism Parathyroiditis (autoimmune), Tetany: parathyroid parathyroprival
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  2. Heino M. et al., 2001, APECED Mutations in the Autoimmune Regulator (AIRE) Gene; Human Mutation 18:205-211
  3. Cetani F et al, 2001, A novel mutation of the [AIRE] gene… acting in a dominant fashion and strongly cosegregating with hypothyroid autoimmune thyroiditis: Journal of Clin Endocr Metab 86:4747