UGT1A1 Irinotecan Toxicity

CPT: 81350
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Test Details


  • Camptosar®
  • Irinotecan


Irinotecan (Camptosar®) is used, or under evaluation, in a broad spectrum of solid tumors, and is often prescribed for treating patients with metastatic cancer of the colon or rectum, especially when 5-fluorouracil treatment has not been entirely successful. Severe toxicity (eg, grade 4 neutropenia) is commonly observed in cancer patients receiving irinotecan who carry the UGT1A1*28 allele, also called TA. This test result will provide valuable information to physicians prior to initiating or modifying treatment or supplementing treatment with additional drugs.

UGT1A1 variants have also been reported in patients with disorders of bilirubin metabolism, such as Crigler-Najjar Types I and II, as well as Gilbert syndrome. Between 80% to 100% of Caucasian patients with Gilbert syndrome are reported to have either one or two copies of UGT1A1*28. G71R (*6), a UGT1A1 variant reported in Asian patients with Gilbert syndrome, is not detected by this assay.


The current test will only test the TATA box polymorphism of the UGT1A1 gene. The other polymorphisms of this gene will not be detected.

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).


Polymerase chain reaction (PCR); capillary electrophoresis

Specimen Requirements


Whole blood or LabCorp buccal swab kit (buccal swab collection kit contains instructions for use of a buccal swab)


7 mL whole blood or LabCorp buccal swab kit

Minimum Volume

3 mL whole blood or two buccal swabs


Lavender-top (EDTA) tube, yellow-top (ACD) tube, or LabCorp buccal swab kit

Storage Instructions

Maintain specimen at room temperature or refrigerate at 4°C.

Causes for Rejection

Frozen specimen; hemolysis; quantity not sufficient for analysis; improper container; one buccal swab; wet buccal swab

Clinical Information


Beutler E, Gelbart T, Demina A. Racial variability in the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1 (UGT1A1) promoter: a balanced polymorphism for regulation of bilirubin metabolism? Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 1998 Jul; 95(14):8170-8174. 9653159
Innocenti F, Undevia SD, Iyer L, et al. Genetic variants in the UDP-glucuronosyltransferase 1A1 gene predict the risk of severe neutropenia of irinotecan. J Clin Oncol. 2004 Apr 15, 22(8):1382-1388. 15007088
Rouits E, Boisdron-Celle M, Dumont A, Guérin O, Morel A, Gamelin E. Relevance of different UGT1A1 polymorphisms in irinotecan-induced toxicity: A molecular and clinical study of 75 patients. Clin Cancer Res. 2004 Aug 1; 10(15):5151-5159.15297419


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
511200 UGT1A1 Irinotecan Toxicity 511202 Result: 41044-9
511200 UGT1A1 Irinotecan Toxicity 511224 Additional Information: N/A
511200 UGT1A1 Irinotecan Toxicity 511208 Director Review: 72486-4

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