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IGH 14q32 Rearrangement by FISH*

Test Code


Test Synonyms

Immunoglobulin heavy chain, 14q32 rearrangement


Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Myeloma



Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH)
*Performed by affiliate laboratory

Turnaround Time

7-9 days

Specimen Requirements

5mL peripheral blood in sodium heparin
3mL bone marrow in sodium heparin
Fixed cytogenetically prepared cells in sterile centrifuge tube with pellet visible in 3:1, Methanol:Acetic Acid

FFPE tissue is acceptable for FISH analysis. Preferred fixative is 10% neutral buffered formalin. Tissues preserved in B5 fixative or decalcified are usually not suitable for FISH. Tumor sections cut 3-5 µm thick and mounted on positively charged organosilane coated (silanized) slides work well. Request several unstained sections (two for each probe) and one H&E stained slide

Specimen Stability
Blood and bone marrow = 4°C to 25°C, specimens are stable up to 72 hours
Fixed cell pellets are stable for years when stored at -28°C to 15°C
FFPE stable indefinitely when stored at 20°C -25°C
Storage & Handling

4°C to 25°C during transit, but specimens may be transported on refrigerated gel packs. Do not allow the gel pack to come in contact with the specimen. Do not freeze. Extreme temperatures should be avoided.

Causes for Rejection

Clotted specimen; Specimen exposed to extreme temperature; Anticoagulant toxic to cells; Insufficient number of cells; Improper fixative

Reference Range

See report


Rearrangements involving the IGH gene have been identified in about 50% of non-Hodgkin B-cell lymphomas (NHLs) and correlated to clinically relevant subgroups. A t(14;18)(q32;q21) is found in 88.1% of follicular lymphomas and a t(11;14)(q13;q32) is in 85.7% mantle cell lymphomas. IGH rearrangements are identified in 52.5% of diffuse large B-cell lymphomas. Rearrangements of the IgH gene occur in 34.7% of plasma cell myeloma cases and is among the most frequent chromosomal change. FISH can detect this rearrangement in either interphase or metaphase cells.

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