Fluorescence in situ hybridisation in the cytological diagnosis of pancreatobiliary tumours

Renzo Boldorini, Alessia Paganotti, Massimo Sartori, Sara Allegrini, Umberto Miglio, Marco Orsello, Claudia Veggiani, Mario Del Piano, Guido Monga

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Aims: To assess the sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH) and conventional cytology in identifying bile duct stricture malignancies. Methods: Brushing samples were collected from 64 patients by means of endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography, and assessed cytologically and by means of a multiprobe FISH set. The cytological diagnoses were: positive, negative and suspicious, whereas criteria for FISH positivity were: more than five polysomic cells or more than 10 trisomic cells for chromosomes 3 or 7. Results: Forty-eight of the 64 patients showed histological or clinical signs of malignancy. The sensitivity of cytology was high (77%) if suspicious caseswere considered positive, but was significantly lower than that of FISH if suspicious cases were considered negative (58% versus 90%; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)335-339
Number of pages5
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011


  • Brush cytology
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography
  • FISH
  • Pancreatobiliary duct

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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