Determination of high-risk HPV status of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using the Roche cobas HPV test on cytologic specimens and acellular supernatant fluid.


High-risk human papillomavirus-positive (hrHPV+) oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinomas comprise a subset of head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCCs) with a distinct biology and prognosis. Commonly, the diagnosis of HNSCC is rendered on fine-needle aspiration (FNA). Because cell blocks may be insufficient for determining HPV status using microscopy-based techniques, the ability of liquid-based assays was examined in the current study.