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BCR/ABL1 FISH (lymphoid tumour)

Also known as: BCR-ABL FISH, t(9;22) FISH (lymphoid)

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Translocations between chromosome 9 and 22 resulting in fusion of the BCR and ABL1 genes can occur in a number of haematological malignancies, particularly chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML), and also acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). The identification of this gene fusion has diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic implications.

Clinical Utility

Presence of a BCR-ABL1 fusion gene in patients with CML is associated with response to targeted therapy by tyrosine kinase inhibitors such as imatinib, and good prognosis.

The presence of this fusion gene in patients with ALL or AML is associated with a poor prognosis.

FISH is typically used at diagnosis, as it can detect all possible breakpoints in the BCR and ABL1 genes, and if deletion of the nearby ASS gene has occurred. Quantitative PCR is used post-treatment to monitor for the presence of minimal residual disease.

This is an assay for non-heritable mutations. It does not raise issues of ethics or consent that are different from most other investigations ordered in the routine care of a patient.

Test Method

Fluorescent in situ hybridisation (FISH) analysis, using probes specific to the BCR and ABL1 genes.

Test Ordering

This test is usually requested by a haematologist or oncologist.

0.5 mL bone marrow in transport media (or 10 mL blood in lithium heparin if blasts>10%).

To help ensure the quality of the test, a genetic test should be done with a dedicated sample whenever possible i.e. a sample collected specifically for that test rather than a sample that is used for multiple tests.

We also recommend that the patient or another adult check the labelling of request forms and sample tubes.



This test may have a rebate for all or part of the cost.

Medicare Rebate

This test has a Medicare rebate of $196.35, subject to the requirements of the Medicare descriptor being met. The MBS item number is 73314.

Turnaround Time

2 working days.