Test Catalog

Test Id : GCTF

Germ Cell Tumor (GCT), Isochromosome 12p, FISH, Tissue

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

Supporting the diagnosis of germ cell tumors when used in conjunction with an anatomic pathology consultation

Reflex Tests
Lists tests that may or may not be performed, at an additional charge, depending on the result and interpretation of the initial tests.

Test Id Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
_I099 Interphases, 25-99 No, (Bill Only) No
_I300 Interphases, >=100 No, (Bill Only) No
_IL25 Interphases, <25 No, (Bill Only) No
_PADD Probe, +1 No, (Bill Only) No
_PB02 Probe, +2 No, (Bill Only) No
_PB03 Probe, +3 No, (Bill Only) No
_PBCT Probe, +2 No, (Bill Only) No

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

This test does not include a pathology consult. If a pathology consultation is requested, PATHC / Pathology Consultation should be ordered and the appropriate FISH test will be ordered and performed at an additional charge.

 

This test includes a charge for application of the first probe set (2 FISH probes) and professional interpretation of results. Additional charges will be incurred for all reflex probes performed. Analysis charges will be incurred based on the number of cells analyzed per probe set. If no cells are available for analysis, no analysis charges will be incurred.

Method Name
A short description of the method used to perform the test

Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

NY State Available
Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.

Yes

Reporting Name
Lists a shorter or abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test

i(12p), Germ Cell Tumor, FISH, Ts

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

This test does not include a pathology consult. If a pathology consultation is requested, PATHC / Pathology Consultation should be ordered and the appropriate FISH test will be ordered and performed at an additional charge.

 

This test includes a charge for application of the first probe set (2 FISH probes) and professional interpretation of results. Additional charges will be incurred for all reflex probes performed. Analysis charges will be incurred based on the number of cells analyzed per probe set. If no cells are available for analysis, no analysis charges will be incurred.

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Tissue

Shipping Instructions

Advise Express Mail or equivalent if not on courier service.

Necessary Information

1. A pathology report is required in order for testing to be performed. Acceptable pathology reports include working drafts, preliminary pathology or surgical pathology reports.

2. A reason for testing must be provided. If this information is not provided, an appropriate indication for testing may be entered by Mayo Clinic Laboratories.

ORDER QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Question ID Description Answers
CG726 Reason for Referral
CG725 Specimen

Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:

 

Specimen Type: Tissue

Preferred: Tissue block

Collection Instructions: Submit a formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue block. Blocks prepared with alternative fixation methods may be acceptable; provide fixation method used.

 

Acceptable: Slides

Collection Instructions: Four consecutive, unstained, 5 micron-thick sections placed on positively charged slides, and 1 hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide.

Forms

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

Two consecutive, unstained, 5 micron-thick sections placed on positively charged slides, and 1 hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide.

Reject Due To
Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

Specimen Stability Information
Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Tissue Ambient (preferred)
Refrigerated

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

Supporting the diagnosis of germ cell tumors when used in conjunction with an anatomic pathology consultation

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

This test does not include a pathology consult. If a pathology consultation is requested, PATHC / Pathology Consultation should be ordered and the appropriate FISH test will be ordered and performed at an additional charge.

 

This test includes a charge for application of the first probe set (2 FISH probes) and professional interpretation of results. Additional charges will be incurred for all reflex probes performed. Analysis charges will be incurred based on the number of cells analyzed per probe set. If no cells are available for analysis, no analysis charges will be incurred.

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

Germ cell tumors (GCT) comprise a heterogeneous group of solid neoplasms that arise in midline locations including the gonads, retroperitoneum, mediastinum, and central nervous system. GCT are categorized based upon their histologic differentiation and can be separated into 2 classes. Seminomatous GCT include seminoma of the testis, dysgerminoma of the ovaries, and germinoma of the brain. Nonseminomatous GCT include yolk sac tumor, embryonal carcinoma, choriocarcinoma, immature teratoma, and mixed forms. Due to the wide spectrum of histologic features observed in these tumors, distinction from non-GCT can be difficult. GCT are often very responsive to chemotherapy and have a better outcome relative to histologically similar malignancies. Thus, distinguishing GCT from non-GCT is critical to providing the appropriate treatment for the patient. Gain of the short arm of chromosome 12, most commonly as an isochromosome 12p[i(12p)], is a highly nonrandom chromosomal marker seen in a significant percentage of GCT. While i(12p) is not 100% specific for GCT, the literature indicates it has diagnostic and possible therapeutic relevance for patients with these tumors. Testing of i(12p) should be concomitant with histologic evaluation, and positive results may support the diagnosis of GCT.

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

A neoplastic clone is detected when the percent of cells with an abnormality exceeds the normal cutoff for the i(12p) probe set.

 

A positive result is consistent with the diagnosis of a germ cell tumors (GCT).

 

A negative result suggests that the i(12p) marker is not present, but does not exclude the diagnosis of a GCT.

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

This test is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and it is best used as an adjunct to existing clinical and pathologic information.

 

Fixatives other than formalin (eg, Prefer, Bouin) may not be successful for FISH assays, however nonformalin-fixed samples will not be rejected.

 

Paraffin-embedded tissues that have been decalcified are generally unsuccessful for FISH analysis. The pathologist reviewing the hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide may find it necessary to cancel testing.

Supportive Data

FISH analysis was performed on 171 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue samples from the testis, ovary, and brain. These included 22 dysgerminomas, 20 seminomas, 10 mixed germ cell tumors (GCT), 18 germinoma, 4 embryonal carcinoma, 22 GCT histological mimics, and 75 noncancerous control specimens. The normal controls were used to generate a normal cutoff for this assay. The presence of i(12p) was identified in 29% of brain, 55% of testis, and 56% of ovarian GCT.

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

1. Wehle D, Yonescu R, Long PP, et al: Fluorescence in situ hybridization of 12p in germ cell tumors using a bacterial artificial chromosome clone 12p probe on paraffin-embedded tissue: clinical test validation. Cancer Genet Cytogenet 2008 June;183(2):99-104

2. Poulos C, Cheng L, Zhang S, et al: Analysis of ovarian teratomas for Isochromosome 12p: evidence supporting a dual histogenetic pathway for teratomatous elements. Mod Pathology 2006;19:766-771

3. Chaganti RS, Houldsworth J: Genetics and biology of adult human male germ cell tumors. Cancer Res. 2000 Mar 15;60(6):1475-82.

Method Description
Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

This test is performed using a commercially available chromosome 12 centromere probe (D12Z3) and a laboratory-developed probe targeted to 12p11.21. Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues are cut at 5 microns and mounted on positively charged glass slides. The selection of tissue and the identification of target areas on the hematoxylin and eosin (H and E)-stained slide is performed by a pathologist. Using the H and E-stained slide as a reference, target areas are etched with a diamond-tipped etcher on the back of the unstained slide to be assayed. The probe set is hybridized to the appropriate target areas and 2 technologists each analyze 50 interphase nuclei (100 total) with the results expressed as the percent of abnormal nuclei.(Unpublished Mayo method)

PDF Report
Indicates whether the report includes an additional document with charts, images or other enriched information

No

Day(s) Performed
Outlines the days the test is performed. This field reflects the day that the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means that assays are performed multiple times during the day.

Monday through Friday

Report Available
The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

7 to 10 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

Slides and H&E used for analysis are retained by the laboratory in accordance to CAP and NYS requirements. Client provided paraffin blocks and extra unstained slides (if provided) will be returned after testing is complete.

Performing Laboratory Location
Indicates the location of the laboratory that performs the test

Rochester

Fees
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Test Classification
Provides information regarding the medical device classification for laboratory test kits and reagents. Tests may be classified as cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and used per manufacturer instructions, or as products that do not undergo full FDA review and approval, and are then labeled as an Analyte Specific Reagent (ASR) product.

This test was developed using an analyte specific reagent. Its performance characteristics were 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
Provides guidance in determining the appropriate Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code(s) information for each test or profile. The listed CPT codes reflect Mayo Clinic Laboratories interpretation of CPT coding requirements. It is the responsibility of each laboratory to determine correct CPT codes to use for billing.

CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.

88271x2, 88291-DNA probe, each (first probe set), Interpretation and report

88271x2-DNA probe, each; each additional probe set (if appropriate)

88271x1-DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 3 probes (if appropriate)

88271x2-DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 4 probes (if appropriate)

88271x3-DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 5 probes (if appropriate)

88274 w/modifier 52-Interphase in situ hybridization, <25 cells, each probe set (if appropriate)

88274-Interphase in situ hybridization, 25 to 99 cells, each probe set (if appropriate)        

LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
GCTF i(12p), Germ Cell Tumor, FISH, Ts In Process
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
52051 Result Summary 50397-9
52053 Interpretation 69965-2
52052 Result 62356-1
CG726 Reason For Referral 42349-1
CG725 Specimen 31208-2
52054 Source 31208-2
52055 Tissue ID 80398-1
52056 Method 85069-3
54571 Additional Information 48767-8
52057 Released By 18771-6
53844 Disclaimer 62364-5

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
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Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
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Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
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SI Normal Reports | SI Abnormal Reports