FISH is superior to PCR in detecting t(14;18)(q32;q21)-IgH/bcl-2 in follicular lymphoma using paraffin-embedded tissue samples

Richard R. Einerson, Paul J. Kurtin, Gerald A. Dayharsh, Teresa K. Kimlinger, Ellen D. Remstein

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Detection of t(14;18)(q32;q21)-IgH/bcl-2, which is present in 70% to 95% of follicular lymphomas (FLs), might aid in diagnosing FL The efficacy of routine polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) techniques in detecting t(14;18) in paraffin-embedded tissue samples was compared on 5 normal tonsils and 28 FLs demonstrated to be t(14;18)+ by previous karyotyping. There was technical failure in 14 (50%) of the FLs by PCR, likely due to B-5 fixation, and 4 (14%) of FLs by FISH, likely due to advanced specimen age. In the remaining successful cases, 5 (36%) of 14 were positive by PCR and 24 (100%) of 24 were positive by FISH. All 5 normal tonsils were negative by both methods. FISH is superior to PCR for detecting t(14;18) from paraffin-embedded tissue samples because it is more sensitive and equally specific.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)421-429
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2005



  • FISH
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridization
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • IgH/bcl-2
  • PCR
  • Paraffin-embedded tissue
  • Polymerase chain reaction
  • t(14;18)(q32;q21)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine

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