KRAS Gene Mutation Analysis, Colorectal Cancer (CRC)

CPT: 81275; 88381
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This KRAS assay is a real-time qualitative PCR test performed on the Rotor-Gene Q MDx instrument for the detection of the seven most common somatic mutations in the human KRAS oncogene, using DNA extracted from formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE), colorectal cancer (CRC) tissue. This assay is intended to aid in the identification of CRC patients for treatment with cetuximab (Erbitux®), based on a KRAS "no mutation detected" test result. The presence of these mutations correlates with a lack of response for certain EGFR inhibitor cancer therapies in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.


The KRAS test is designed to detect seven mutations in codons 12 and 13 of the KRAS gene. These seven mutations account for >97% of all reported KRAS mutations in CRC patients. Samples with results reported as "no mutation detected" may harbor KRAS mutations that are not detected by the assay.

Detection of mutation is dependent on sample integrity and the amount of amplifiable DNA present in the specimen. The methods used in this assay are highly selective and, depending on the total amount of DNA present, can detect approximately 1% to 5% of mutant DNA in a background of wild-type genomic DNA.


Amplification refractory mutation system (ARMS) and real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR) using Scorpions™ technology

Specimen Requirements


Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block or slides from colorectal cancer


Four unstained slides and one matching H&E-stained slide at 5 μM or formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded tissue block

Minimum Volume

Two unstained slides and one matching H&E-stained slide at 5 μM. Samples with >4 mm² and ≥20% tumor content are preferred.


Slides, blocks

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature.

Causes for Rejection

Tumor block containing no tumor tissue; tumor fixed in a heavy metal fixative; broken or stained slides

Clinical Information

Special Instructions

Please provide a copy of the pathology report. Direct any questions regarding this test to customer service at 800-345-4363.


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Qiagen Therascreen KRAS RGQ PCR Kit Instructions for Use (Handbook), 07/2012.
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Tejpar S, Celik I, Schlichting M, et al. Association of KRAS G13D tumor mutations with outcome in patients with a metastatic colorectal cancer treated with first-line chemotherapy with or without cetuximab. J Clin Oncol. 2012 Oct 10; 30(29):3570-3577.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480876 K-ras Mutation Analysis Result 21702-6
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480877 Block Number: N/A
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480903 Microdissection Performed 8100-0
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480907 Nucleotide Change: 48004-6
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480937 Amino Acid Change: 48005-3
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480908 Background: 21703-4
480875 KRAS Mutation Analysis, CRC 480938 Director Review: 72486-4

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