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To evaluate the clinical accuracy of Hepika test to identify cancer/precancerous lesions of the uterine cervix. A multicentre retrospective study was carried out in 2018 and included 330 liquid-based cytology samples from three Italian centres of women aged 25-64 who had been tested for the human papillomavirus (HPV) and whose histology or follow-up outcome was known. Hepika is an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) targeting the protein complexes E6#p53 and E7#pRb. After excluding samples without sufficient residual material, the clinical accuracy of Hepika test was evaluated in 274 samples: adenocarcinoma (ADC) (4), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) (7), adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS) (1), cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) grade 3 (60), CIN2 (51), CIN1 (34), and negative histology (117). Association, sensitivity, and specificity for carcinoma, CIN3+ and CIN2+ are reported. Positive Hepika test was associated with a high probability of carcinoma (odds ratio (DOR) = 33.68, 95% confidence interval (CI) 7.0-163.1); sensitivity was 81.8%, specificity, 88.2%. A positive Hepika test showed a weaker association with CIN3+ lesions (DOR = 3.5; 95% CI 1.75-6.99) and lower sensitivity (27.8%). The Hepika test was found to be an accurate biomarker for HPV-induced cervical carcinoma. Population-based prospective studies are needed to confirm the clinical usefulness of the Hepika test in the differential diagnosis of HPV-induced invasive lesions.


Daniela Gustinucci, Lucia Ciccocioppo, Luigi Coppola, Giovanni Negri, Gianfranco Zannoni, Basilio Passamonti, Elena Cesarini, Ciro Ianzano, Tiziana Andreano, Anjuta Pireddu, Paolo Giorgi-Rossi. Multicentre Evaluation of Hepika Test Clinical Accuracy in Diagnosing HPV-Induced Cancer and Precancerous Lesions of the Uterine Cervix. Diagnostics (Basel, Switzerland). 2021 Mar 30;11(4)

PMID: 33808260

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