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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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Summary

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September 2011

Addition of ancillary tests such as FISH for polysomy cell detection has improved sensitivity to identify malignancy in brush cytology from pancreatobiliary specimens. This test aides and helps modulate equivocal cytologic results providing 1 more piece of information that helps the clinician make a treatment and follow-up decision. They can also be reassuring if the cytology results run counter from the clinical impression. The enhanced sensitivity allows for an earlier diagnosis of potential cancer and therefore, cure. This approach also allows for an individualized medical approach with a statistical calculation of risk. Experience also helps to better understand limitations of test modalities over time.

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