Lab Dept:

Anatomic Pathology

Test Name:

Gene Rearrangement, T & B Cells, Bone Marrow

General Information

Lab Order Codes:



Gene-T; T-Cell Receptor Rearrangement; Gene-B; Immunoglobulin Gene Rearrangement

CPT Codes:

81261 – IGH@, gene rearrangement analysis to detect abnormal clonal populations; amplified methodology
81342 – TRG@, gene rearrangement analysis, evaluation to detect abnormal clonal populations

Test Includes:

T-Cell: DNA amplification by PCR for detection of T-Cell receptor beta and gamma chain gene rearrangement. If requested, Southern transfer technique for analysis of T-Cell receptor beta, gamma, and delta chains performed at a separate charge.

B-Cell: DNA amplification by PCR for detection of immunoglobulin heavy chain (JH framework 2 and 3), and bcl-2 gene rearrangement. Confirmation of bcl-2 allele specific oligonucleotide hybridization (slot blot) when appropriate. If requested, Southern transfer technique for analysis of immunoglobulin heavy (IgH), kappa, lambda chains, and/or bcl-2, c-myc and n-myc performed at separate charge


Test Indications:

Evaluation for clonal rearrangement in lymphoma and leukemia.

Lab Testing Section:

Anatomic Pathology - Sendouts

Referred to:

Fairview University Diagnostic Laboratories

Phone Numbers:

MIN Lab: 612-813-6280

STP Lab: 651-220-6550

Test Availability:

For best results, specimens should arrive by 2:00 PM Friday

Turnaround Time:

Results available in 7-14 days.

Special Instructions:

Indicate on request form if Southern transfer technique is desired.


Specimen Type:

Bone marrow


Syringe with ACD (or EDTA) solution

Draw Volume:

5 mL bone marrow

Processed Volume:

Same as Draw Volume


Routine Bone marrow aspiration


Special Processing:

Lab Staff: Store at room temperature. Do Not freeze. Contact laboratory prior to shipping. Ship bone marrow at room temperature to arrive within 24-hours

Patient Preparation:


Sample Rejection:

Clotted bone marrow; frozen specimen; mislabeled or unlabeled specimens


Reference Range:

Results are reported as negative (germline or no rearrangement noted) or positive (clonal rearrangement indicating clonal cell populations present). Correlations with immunophenotypic, histopathologic, and cytogenetic data will be included with the interpretation of the molecular data when available.

Critical Values:





Amplification of DNA and confirmation by RFLP (restriction fragment length polymorphism) analysis using Southern transfer technique when appropriate.


Fairview University Diagnostic Laboratory Web Page January 2012


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