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The MYD88 gene plays a critical role in the immune system and it is involved in communication between cells that trigger inflammation and protect the body from infection. In certain instances, mutations in this gene can lead to the development of various forms of lymphoma, including Waldenström macroglobulinemia (WM) and other non-Hodgkin lymphomas.

  • Profile Name: MYD88 - ASO PCR
  • Sample Type: Blood
  • Preparations Required: No specific instructions are needed for this test. No fasting or water restrictions are required.
  • Report Time: 5 days

The MYD88 - ASO PCR is a diagnostic test that identifies mutations in the MYD88 gene. This is especially useful in diagnosing certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and in determining the most effective treatment plan. The PCR (polymerase chain reaction) technology is used to amplify and analyze the DNA in the sample for this specific mutation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The MYD88 - ASO PCR test may be ordered if you have symptoms suggestive of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma, such as unexplained weight loss, fever, and swelling of lymph nodes. The test is used to identify mutations in the MYD88 gene that may indicate certain types of these cancers.

This test is performed on a blood sample. The sample is sent to a laboratory, where technicians will isolate the DNA and analyze it for the presence of MYD88 mutations using PCR technology.

A positive result indicates that a mutation in the MYD88 gene has been identified. This can be associated with certain types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

A negative result means that no mutation in the MYD88 gene was detected in your sample. However, it does not completely rule out the possibility of a non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

The risks associated with this test are minimal and are similar to those associated with a regular blood draw. These may include slight pain or bruising at the injection site.

No specific preparation is required for this test. You do not need to fast or adjust your fluid intake prior to the test.

If a MYD88 mutation is detected, your healthcare provider may use this information to guide your treatment plan. Certain therapies may be more effective in treating cancers with this mutation.

Yes, this test can be performed on individuals of all ages, including children, if indicated by their symptoms and medical history.

Your healthcare provider may order other tests based on your symptoms and medical history. These may include imaging studies, other genetic tests, or a biopsy.

After receiving your test results, you should follow up with your healthcare provider. They can explain what the results mean in the context of your overall health and possible treatment options.

Most MYD88 mutations are acquired, not inherited. This means they occur during a person's lifetime and are present only in certain cells.

Yes, the presence of other blood-related conditions or cancers can potentially influence the results of this test. It's important to inform your healthcare provider of any other health issues you have.

Generally, medications don't interfere with this test. However, always inform your healthcare provider of any medications you're taking.

The frequency of this test depends on your medical history and current health condition. Your healthcare provider will advise you accordingly.

You should discuss your symptoms, medical history, and any concerns you have about your health with your healthcare provider. It's important to understand what the test is, why it's being done, and what the results could mean.

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