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Biliary Tract Malignancy

Clinical Overview and Novel Detection Method

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For information on specimen collection and processing, see Biliary Tract Malignancy by FISH Testing.

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September 2011

Pancreatobiliary tumors such as cholangiocarcinoma (bile duct cancer) or pancreatic cancer often present as biliary tract obstruction or strictures. Bile duct or hepatobiliary brushing specimens obtained during endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) are used to assess affected patients for possible malignancy using cytologic and molecular techniques. We have developed a statistical model that incorporates routine cytology and FISH test results with clinical factors to predict risk of malignancy in an individual patient.


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