Detection of lung cancer in bronchial brushing specimens by FISH

Jesse S. Voss, Benjamin R. Kipp, Kevin C. Halling

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Bronchial brushing cytology specimens collected during flexible bronchoscopy are an important part of the diagnostic workup of patients with indeterminate pulmonary nodules. Unfortunately, false-negative diagnoses are not uncommon when sampling peripheral nodules, especially small nodules <2 cm in diameter. A number of studies have evaluated different FISH probe sets to increase the detection rate of lung cancer on bronchial brushings and washings. Most studies have shown that FISH with routine cytology increases the sensitivity of lung cancer detection over routine cytology alone, while maintaining high specificity. In this article, the authors review a recently published three-probe FISH assay for the detection of lung cancer in bronchial brushing specimens.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)679-681
Number of pages3
JournalExpert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • FISH
  • bronchial brushing
  • bronchoscopy
  • cytology
  • lung cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology
  • Genetics


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