Methodology
Immunohistochemistry (IHC)
Test Description
Androgen receptor (AR) is responsible for the regulation of the growth of the prostate epithelial cells. In untreated prostate carcinoma, AR positive cells are more likely to be responsive to hormonal therapy. In patients with hormone refractory prostate carcinoma, the presence of AR has a negative prognostic impact. It is also commonly expressed in salivary duct carcinoma.
Specimen Requirements
  • A formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block is preferred specimen type
  • or
  • One (1) unbaked, unstained slide for H&E staining (required) and two to three (2-3) positively charged unstained slides (all cut at 4-5 microns) for each test/antibody ordered
  • Block and slide identifiers should be clearly written and match exactly with the specimen ID and specimen labeling as noted on the requisition.
Storage and Transportation
Use cold pack for transport. Make sure cold pack is not in direct contact with specimen.
CPT Code(s)*
88342 x 1 or 88341 x 1; 88361 x 1
Turnaround Time
Global: 48 hours, Image Analysis (tech-only): 36 hours, Tech-Only (stain only): 24 hours
Level of Service
Global
Stain Only

*The CPT codes provided with our test descriptions are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. Correct CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed.