t(14;18) IGH/BCL2 Fusion Detection (Quantitative PCR)


For diagnosis and post-treatment residual disease monitoring of patients with t(14;18) carrying lymphomas.


Quantitative analysis of mbr and mcr fusion sites by real-time PCR, with co-amplification of an internal standard, cyclophilin, as a normalizer. Size of the fusion product is determined by capillary electrophoresis / GeneScan to allow accurate sequential monitoring of the tumor clone.

Test Parameters

This test will only detect rearrangements in the 60-70% of follicular lymphomas that have t(14;18) chromosomal fusion in the major breakpoint region (mbr) or the 5-10% of cases with fusions in the minor cluster region (mcr). Test values are expressed as a percentage of mbr (or mcr) fusion product to the amount of DNA control, cyclophilin. Sensitivity of the test is approximately one IGH/BCL2-bearing cell in 10,000 total cells. Levels detected in peripheral blood and bone marrow samples are generally equivalent.

Turnaround Time

Five to seven working days

Sample Requirements

10 ml peripheral blood in purple top tube (EDTA Vacutainer), sent on wet ice


2-5 ml of bone marrow aspirate, sent on wet ice


Fresh frozen tissue on dry ice


Paraffin-embedded tissue at ambient temperature

Please provide a copy of the corresponding pathology report.

CPT Code

81402 and 81479

Additional charges may apply for tissue extraction.

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