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FLT3 Mutation Analysis*

Test Code


Test Synonyms

FLT3 gene, ITD mutation


Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)

Reflex testing
FLT3 is ordered as part of the AML mutational profile.

*Performed by affiliate laboratory.

Turnaround Time

10-14 days

Specimen Requirements

5.0 mL (min. 3.0 mL) whole blood or (min. 2.0 mL) bone marrow EDTA, Sodium Heparin or ACD

Specimen Stability
Stable 18-25°C for 1 week
Stable 4°C up to 14 days
Storage & Handling

Ship at ambient temperature, cool in summer. (Do not allow cool/refrigerated pack to directly contact sample.)

Causes for Rejection

Improper specimen labeling; Insufficient sample volume; Clotted specimen; Specimen older than 7 days

Reference Range

Internal tandem duplication (ITD) or missense (D835) mutations detected / not detected


Intended for use as a screening test in patients with AML to assist with stratification and selection of post-remission therapies.

Internal tandem duplications in exons 14 and 15 of the FMS-related tyrosine kinase 3 (FLT3) gene are found in ~30% of cytogenetically normal AML patients. The duplications result in an abnormally active protein that promotes proliferation and survival of leukemic cells. FLT3 mutations are associated with a poor prognosis.

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