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EPCAM Deletion/Duplication Analysis

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  • Lynch Syndrome

Test Details

Cancer Type

Colorectal cancer (CRC), Lynch syndrome

Technology Used


Turnaround Time

35 - 42 days


Can confirm a clinical diagnosis of HNPCC and allow early diagnosis in family members, guiding preventive measures. Hereditary nonpolyposis colorectal cancer (HNPCC) is an autosomal-dominant, genetically heterogeneous syndrome caused by heterozygous mutations in mismatch repair genes (MMR). HNPCC is estimated to account for 4% to 6% of colorectal cancer and is characterized by early onset, a predominant proximal location of colon cancer, multiple primary cancers, and significantly improved survival when compared stage for stage to sporadic colon cancer survival rates. EPCAM gene accounting for an estimated 1% to 3% of all detectable HNPCC syndrome mutations. Studies indicate that large deletions in the end of this gene can lead to a loss of MSH2 expression and result in HNPCC. Genetic testing can confirm the diagnosis of HNPCC and can also identify presymptomatic individuals among the patient's relatives.

Test Includes

Deletion/duplication analysis of the terminal region of the EPCAM gene


Copy number variations are assessed by multiple-ligation-probe amplification assay (MLPA) to detect deletions and duplications of exons 8 and 9 in the EPCAM gene. Copy number analyses are designed to detect single exon, multi-exon, and full gene deletions or duplications. These analyses may not detect certain genomic rearrangements, such as translocations (balanced or unbalanced), inversions, or some partial exon rearrangements. This assay cannot determine exact breakpoints of deletions or duplications detected.

This test is not intended to detect somatic variants. Bone marrow transplantation may affect the outcome of these results. Please contact LabCorp to discuss testing options at 1-800-345-GENE.

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined, by LabCorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).


Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)

Specimen Requirements

Information on collection, storage, and volume


Whole blood


7 mL

Minimum Volume

4 mL


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Container broken or leaking; container not labeled; improper anticoagulant