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Phosphatase and tensin homolog gene (PTEN). Loss of tumor suppressor gene. Inactivation of PTEN causes constitutively activated levels of AKT, thus promoting cell growth and proliferation. Associated with biochemical recurrence, advanced tumor stage, high Gleason grade, and lymph node metastasis.
A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type or one (1) unbaked, unstained slide cut at 4 microns for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides cut at 3-4 microns for each FISH test ordered.
Storage and Transport
Use cold pack for transport, making sure cold pack is not in direct contact with specimen.
Specimen Rejection Criteria
All specimens must be submitted according to the test directory instructions. Before submitting specimen, please carefully review specimen requirements.
Listed below are possible causes for delays in specimen processing or possible specimen rejections or cancellations:
- No patient identification on requisition form
- No patient identification on specimen container or slides
- No referring provider
- No account information provided
- No test ordered on requisition
- No specimen source provided
- Inappropriate specimen type
- Insufficient volume for analysis
- Inappropriate specimen container
- Improper specimen transport
- Specimen leaked in transport
- Specimen submitted in incorrect or expired transport media
- Slides broken beyond repair on receipt
- Conflict between patient name on specimen and requisition form
- Specimen not properly preserved
- Sample containing a needle
A representative from Client Services will attempt to contact your office to resolve specimen problems. Additional documentation may be requested from your office to be returned by fax. In the event that resolution is not possible, the specimen may be returned to your office.
Turn Around Time (TAT)