In situ hybridization for telomerase RNA in routine cytologic brushings for the diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary malignancies

C. P. Morales, J. S. Burdick, M. H. Saboorian, W. E. Wright, J. W. Shay

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Abstract

Background: Brush cytology for the diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary malignancy has an overall sensitivity of 50%. Accurate and specific markers are therefore needed for the optimal evaluation of pancreaticobiliary strictures. Telomerase activity is present in 85% to 90% of all human cancers. We sought to determine the utility of in situ hybridization for telomerase RNA in endoscopic brushings for the diagnosis of pancreaticobiliary malignancy. Methods: Endoscopic brushings from 18 patients with pancreatic or biliary strictures were evaluated by routine cytology and in situ hybridization for telomerase RNA. Results: Eight of 18 strictures were malignant. Cytology was positive in 5 patients, whereas telomerase RNA was positive in 6. All malignancies were diagnosed by either cytology or telomerase RNA; however, both studies were positive in only 3. There were no false-positive results by either technique. Conclusion: The detection of telomerase RNA in endoscopic brushings may be an important adjunct to cytology for cancer diagnosis in pancreaticobiliary strictures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-405
Number of pages4
JournalGastrointestinal endoscopy
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Gastroenterology

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