Methodology
Immunohistochemistry (IHC)
Test Description
CD138 (Syndecan-1) positively stains normal tissue including B-cell precursors and plasma cells. Positive staining in tumors includes myeloma, primary effusion lymphoma. CD138 negative staining comprises mature B-cells and lymphomas (even plasmacytoid lymphomas). Many carcinomas also express CD138.
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
Turnaround Time
24 hours
Level of Service
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.