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Test Name: BCR/ABL1 PCR, Diagnostic


CPT Code(s): 81206, 81207

Methodology: PCR

Clinical Significance: Detection of BCR/ABL1 fusion transcripts associated with CML or ALL in newly diagnosed patients and determination of baseline level of BCR/ABL1 transcript for downstream monitoring.

Testing Site: Testing will be sent to an approved reference laboratory.

Days Performed: Mon-Fri.

Turnaround Time: Routine: 2 - 4 days.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen: Blood or bone marrow

Collection Instructions: Testing requires referral screening.  Referral Screening Flow Sheet may be printed from UConnect or see link in Additional Information. Contact UWHC Test Referral office at (608)262-6388 prior to collection.

Blood or bone marrow must be received and processed by WSLH within 24 hours of collection. Specimen must be received by the UWHC Core Laboratory Monday-Friday only.

Collection Container: Preferred: Lavender top

Collection Volume: Preferred: 4 mL

Specimen Transport: Transport specimen to UWHC Core Laboratory (B4/220) at room temperature. Transport with coolant pack during hot weather (> 85F).

Unacceptable Criteria: Whole blood that is clotted or frozen. Plasma and serum are not acceptable.

Stability: Ambient: 24 hours
Refrigerated: Not acceptable
Frozen: Not acceptable


Interpretation provided with results.

Additional Information:

Referral Screening Flow Sheet

Major fusion b3-a2 b2-a2
minor fusion transcript

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