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Test Code LABMAMLF MAML2 (11q21) Rearrangement, Mucoepidermoid Carcinoma (MEC), FISH, Tissue

Additional Codes

Test Name in EPIC EPIC Test Code Mnemonic Mayo Test ID


Useful For

Supporting a diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
_PBCT Probe, +2 No, (Bill Only) No
_PADD Probe, +1 No, (Bill Only) No
_PB02 Probe, +2 No, (Bill Only) No
_PB03 Probe, +3 No, (Bill Only) No
_IL25 Interphases, <25 No, (Bill Only) No
_I099 Interphases, 25-99 No, (Bill Only) No
_I300 Interphases, >=100 No, (Bill Only) No

Testing Algorithm

This test does not include a pathology consultation. If a pathology consultation is requested, PATHC / Pathology Consultation should be ordered and the appropriate FISH test will be ordered and performed at an additional charge. 


This test includes a charge for application of the first probe set (2 FISH probes) and professional interpretation of results.


Additional charges will be incurred for all reflex probes performed. Analysis charges will be incurred based on the number of cells analyzed per probe set. If no cells are available for analysis, no analysis charges will be incurred.

Method Name

Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH)

Reporting Name

MAML2 (11q21), FISH, Ts

Specimen Type


Necessary Information

A reason for referral and pathology report are required in order for testing to be performed. Send information with specimen. Acceptable pathology reports include working drafts, preliminary pathology or surgical pathology reports.

Specimen Required

Submit only 1 of the following specimens:


Specimen Type: Tissue

Preferred: Tissue block

Container/Tube: Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tumor tissue block.

Collection Instructions: Blocks prepared with alternative fixation methods may be acceptable; provide fixation method used.


Acceptable: Slides

Specimen Volume: Four consecutive, unstained, 5 micron-thick sections placed on positively charged slides and 1 hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide.

Specimen Minimum Volume

Two consecutive, unstained, 5-micron-thick sections placed on positively charged slides, and 1 hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide.

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Tissue Ambient (preferred)

Reject Due To

All specimens will be evaluated at Mayo Clinic Laboratories for test suitability.

Clinical Information

Mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) is the most common malignant salivary gland neoplasm, representing over 30% of all malignant salivary gland tumors. The diagnosis of MEC can be quite challenging due to the degree of histologic overlap with other glandular, clear cell, or oncocytic salivary gland tumors. MAML2 rearrangements are detectable in 80% to 85% of MEC, but not in morphologic mimics such as oncocytic cystadenoma, Warthin tumor, oncocytoma, oncocytic carcinoma, acinic cell carcinoma, and metastatic renal cell carcinoma.

Reference Values

An interpretive report will be provided.


A neoplastic clone is detected when the percent of cells with an abnormality exceeds the normal cutoff for the MAML2 probe.


A positive result is consistent with a diagnosis of mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC).


A negative result suggests no rearrangement of the MAML2 gene region at 11q21. However, this result does not exclude the diagnosis of MEC.


This test is not approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and it is best used as an adjunct to existing clinical and pathologic information.


Fixatives other than formalin (eg Prefer, Bouin) may not be successful for FISH assays, however nonformalin-fixed samples will not be rejected.


Paraffin-embedded tissues that have been decalcified are generally unsuccessful for FISH analysis. The pathologist reviewing the hematoxylin and eosin-stained slide may find it necessary to cancel testing.

Supportive Data

FISH analysis was performed on 28 mucoepidermoid carcinoma (MEC) formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue samples and 51 control specimens. The normal controls were used to generate a normal cutoff for this assay. A rearrangement of MAML2 was identified in 26 of 28 (93%) MEC cases.

Method Description

The test is performed using a laboratory-developed MAML2 (11q21) dual-color break-apart strategy probe (BAP). Formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues are cut at 5 microns and mounted on positively charged glass slides. The selection of tissue and the identification of target areas on the hematoxylin and eosin (H and E)-stained slide is performed by a pathologist. Using the H and E-stained slide as a reference, target areas are etched with a diamond-tipped etcher on the back of the unstained slide to be assayed. The probe set is hybridized to the appropriate target areas and 2 technologists each analyze 50 interphase nuclei (100 total) with the results expressed as the percent of abnormal nuclei.(Unpublished Mayo method)

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Samples processed Monday through Sunday. Results reported Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.5 p.m. CST.

Analytic Time

7 days

Specimen Retention Time

Slides and H&E used for analysis are retained by the lab indefinitely. Client provided paraffin blocks and extra unstained slides (if provided) will be returned after testing is complete.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

88271x2, 88291 – DNA probe, each (first probe set), Interpretation and report

88271x2 – DNA probe, each; each additional probe set (if appropriate)

88271x1 – DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 3 probes (if appropriate)

88271x2 – DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 4 probes (if appropriate)

88271x3 – DNA probe, each; coverage for sets containing 5 probes (if appropriate)

88274 w/modifier 52 – Interphase in situ hybridization, <25 cells, each probe set (if appropriate)

88274 – Interphase in situ hybridization, 25 to 99 cells, each probe set (if appropriate)     

88275 – Interphase in situ hybridization, 100 to 300 cells, each probe set (if appropriate)

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
MAMLF MAML2 (11q21), FISH, Ts 74034-0


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
54689 Result Summary 50397-9
54692 Interpretation 69965-2
54691 Result 62356-1
CG930 Reason For Referral 42349-1
54918 Specimen 31208-2
54694 Source 31208-2
54695 Tissue ID 80398-1
55136 Method 49549-9
55137 Additional Information 48767-8
53394 Disclaimer 62364-5
54696 Released By 18771-6


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Oncology Test Request (T729) with the specimen.