Alternative Name
Cytokeratin 19
Methodology
Immunohistochemistry (IHC)
Test Description
Cytokeratin 19 (CK19) is a member of the type I acidic subfamily of keratins. It is expressed in various different human tissues. CK19 labels ductal and glandular epithelia, prostatic epithelia, and non-keratinizing squamous epithelia. This antibody is useful in the diagnosis of breast and cervical carcinoma. CK19 is not expressed in hepatocytes, therefore, antibody to CK19 is also useful in the distinction of liver metastasis from hepatocellular carcinomas.
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.