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Test Code NF2F Neurofilament (2F11)(NF 2F11) Immunostain, Technical Component Only

Advisory Information

This test includes only technical performance of the stain (no pathologist interpretation is performed). If diagnostic consultation by a pathologist is required order PATHC / Pathology Consultation.

Shipping Instructions

Attach the green pathology address label and the pink Immunostain Technical Only label included in the kit to the outside of the transport container.

Specimen Required

Supplies: Immunostain Technical Only Envelope (T693)

Specimen Type: Tissue

Container/Tube: Immunostain Technical Only Envelope (T693)

Preferred: 2 unstained positively charged glass slide (25- x 75- x 1-mm) per test ordered; sections 4-microns thick.

Acceptable: Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block

Secondary ID


Useful For

Aids in the identification of neoplastic cells of neural origin or those exhibiting neuronal differentiation

Reflex Tests

Test ID Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
IHTOI IHC Initial, Tech Only No No
IHTOA IHC Additional, Tech Only No No

Method Name


Reporting Name

Neurofilament (2F11) IHC, Tech Only

Specimen Type


Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
TECHONLY Ambient (preferred)

Reject Due To








Wet/frozen tissue
Cytology smears
Nonformalin fixed tissue
Nonparaffin embedded tissue
Noncharged slides
ProbeOn slides

Clinical Information

Neurofilament (NF) constitutes the main structural elements of neuronal axons and dendrites. NF subunits are present in neurons, neuronal processes, peripheral nerves, and sympathetic ganglion cells. In brain tissue, immunoperoxidase staining for NF labels the cytoplasm in the body of neurons and also labels neuronal processes. Within tumors, only neoplastic cells of neural origin or those exhibiting neuronal differentiation have been observed to express NF. Positive immunostaining has been observed in neuromas, gangliogliomas, neuroblastomas, and medulloblastomas. Other tumors that can stain for NF include pheochromocytoma, chemodectomas, and carcinoid tumors.


This test includes only technical performance of the stain (no pathologist interpretation is performed). Mayo Clinic cannot provide an interpretation of tech only stains outside the context of a pathology consultation. If an interpretation is needed, refer to test code PATHC / Pathology Consultation for a full diagnostic evaluation or second opinion of the case. All material associated with the case is required. Additional specific stains may be requested as part of the pathology consultation, and will be performed as necessary at the discretion of the Mayo pathologist.


The positive and negative controls are verified as showing appropriate immunoreactivity and documentation is retained at Mayo Clinic Rochester. If a control tissue is not included on the slide, a scanned image of the relevant quality control tissue is available upon request. Contact 855-516-8404.


Interpretation of this test should be performed in the context of the patient's clinical history and other diagnostic tests by a qualified pathologist.

Clinical Reference

1. Diepholder HM, Schwechheimer K, Mohadjer M, et al: A clinicopathologic and immunomorphologic study of 13 cases of ganglioglioma. Cancer 1991;68(10):2192-2201

2. Franquemont DW, Mills SE, Lack EE: Immunohistochemical detection of neuroblastomatous foci in composite adrenal pheochromocytoma-neuroblastoma. Am J Clin Pathol 1994;102(2):163-170

3. Matsunou H, Shimoda T, Kakimoto S, et al: Histopathologic and immunohistochemical study of malignant tumors of peripheral nerve sheath (malignant schwannoma). Cancer 1985;56:2269-2279

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Analytic Time

1 day

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information

88342-TC, primary

88341-TC, if additional IHC

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
NF2F Neurofilament (2F11) IHC, Tech Only In Process


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
70832 Neurofilament (2F11) IHC, Tech Only No LOINC Needed


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send an Immunohistochemical (IHC)/In Situ Hybridization (ISH) Stains Request Form (T763) (