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    88271x488275x488368x1 (FFPE Only)88369x3 (FFPE Only)

Marginal Zone Lymphoma (MZL) is comprised of two lymphoid neoplasms:  extranodal marginal zone lymphoma of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT lymphoma) and nodal MZL; the former is more common than the latter and affects the GI tract most commonly, whereas MZL affects peripheral lymph nodes predominately.  The two may also be discriminated with the translocation probes listed below.  This FISH panel is designed to detect the most common, and/or prognostically-significant abnormalities in MZL (Swerdlow et al. 2008).  FISH studies are useful adjuncts to complete chromosome studies, particularly when following an abnormal clone, assessing relapse and progression, or when material is inadequate for chromosomal analysis.
The MZL FISH panel includes:
1)  MALT1 break-apart probe to detect disruption of MALT1 (18q21.3) and/or trisomy 18.
2)  IGH break-apart probe, to detect disruption of IGH (14q32).
3)  BCL6/CEP3 break-apart probe to detect disruption of BCL6 and/or trisomy 3.
4)  Chromosome 18 centromere (with centromere 7 as control) for trisomy 18.

Note:  Reflex testing may include BIRC3/MALT1, IGH/MALT1, FOXP1, and/or BCL10 when relevant.  Additional charges may apply.

Note:  Interphase FISH analysis is not intended to stand alone, but rather to provide supplemental information to routine cytogenetic studies.


Slides are prepared per standard protocols and 100-200 interphase cells are scored per probe.

*Please note: it is our laboratory policy to analyze at least one metaphase cell from every hybridization if possible, including both normal and abnormal cells if both exist.

Specimen Requirements:

The MZL FISH Panel can be performed on the following specimen types.  After collection, keep at room temperature until shipping.  Contact Client Services at (855) 535-1522 for shipping kits and instructions.

Bone Marrow:  Shortly before aspiration add 0.2 cc of Sodium Heparin (1,000 units/ml) to tube of transport medium (please contact lab to arrange for transport medium to be sent).  Add at least 1 cc of bone marrow aspirate to the tube and suspend well.  Allow no clots to form.

Peripheral blood:
May be used if bone marrow is inaspirable and blasts (.5%) are present.  Send in Sodium Heparin tube.

Bone core biopsy: May also provide cells in cases where marrow is severely packed.  Send in transport medium with Sodium Heparin.

Lymph node or tumor:
Tumor specimens of at least 0.5 cm3 (up to 3 inches in diameter) are immediately collected with sterile methods into closable containers with sterile transport medium.* Needle biopsies will be accepted, but are often difficult to grow.  Deliver the specimen in transport medium to the laboratory within a day, if possible, with decreased success rates as specimens are delayed in transit.  Protect sample from temperature extremes during shipping.
*Sterile Ringer’s solution, either lactated or non-lactated and sterile isotonic saline are alternatives, if no complete RPMI is available.  Contact the lab for more information on media requirements.

It is preferable to collect the specimen before initiation of chemotherapy in the patient.  Tumor samples should be selected from viable areas, with as little normal or necrotic material as possible.

Fluid samples (e.g., ascitic or pleural fluid) do not require culture medium for collection, but should be collected and transported aseptically.
Unacceptable specimens are acellular, necrotic specimens, septic specimens, specimens in fixative or frozen, or specimens collected more than one week previously.
Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tumor block or FFPE slides:  Store at room temperature. Preferred slice thickness is 5 micrometer on  positively charged slides.  Please submit 6-12 slides.  Contact Client Services for more information.
A REQUISITION FORM MUST ACCOMPANY ALL SAMPLES.  Please provide detailed clinical information.

Test Performed (Days):

Mon - Sat

Turn Around Time:

5 – 10 days Contact Lab at 855-KDL-1LAB (535-1522) - Time varies depending on number of tests performed.

Shipment Sensitivity Requirements:

  • Keep specimen at room temperature transit.
  • Do not use the cold pack provided in the KDL shipping kit.
  • Ship the specimen overnight express, using the FedEx priority overnight label provided.
  • The specimen must arrive at the lab no more than 24 hours after collection.


Swerdlow et al. (Eds.): WHO Classification of Tumors of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues. IARC: Lyon 2008.

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