Biliary Strictures

Pancreaticobiliary Molecular Testing

The PancraGEN® molecular panel, powered by PathfinderTG®, provides risk stratification of a patient’s pancreaticobiliary sample by integrating clinical features and the following test components:

  • Oncogene point mutations (KRAS and GNAS)

  • Tumor suppressor gene mutations (Loss of Heterozygosity through fragment analysis)

View video excerpts of Dr. Ligresti’s perspectives on the controversies and current strategies, including the use of molecular testing, in the diagnosis and management of indeterminate biliary strictures.

Diagnosis and Management of Biliary Strictures:

A review of current strategies and controversies in the diagnosis and management of indeterminate biliary strictures

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Rosario Ligresti, MD, FASGE

Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, The Pancreas Center
Hackensack University Medical Center

Core Associate Professor of Medicine
Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine

Medical Director, National Pancreas Foundation

Limitations and Disclaimers1

Although PancraGEN is highly specific for malignancy, some malignant cysts may not be detected. There may also be individuals who are falsely identified as having a malignant cyst. Diagnosis and appropriate patient management are the responsibility of the referring physician or health care provider.

References

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