Protein Electrophoresis, Serum


Sunquest Code:ELP  
Epic Code:LAB119Epic Name:Protein Electrophoresis
Synonyms:Serum Electrophoresis; SPEP; SELP
Methodology:ELP: capillary electrophoresis; Biochromatic rate
CPT Code:84165, 84155
Test Includes:Protein electrophoresis
Turnaround Time:Electrophoresis is performed Mon-Fri; results are reported the same day.


Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel) (Red (no gel))


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 0.4 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Protein and Chemistry  (UMMC-East Bank)


Interpretive

Reference Range:

 

Age

g/dL

Albumin

0-15 d

15 d – 1 y

1 y and older

3.0-3.9

2.2-4.8

3.7-5.1

 

Globulins

Alpha 1

Less than 1 y

1 y and older

0.1-0.3

0.2-0.4

Alpha 2

0-15 d

15 d and older

0.3-0.6

0.5-0.9

Beta

0-15 d

15 d and older

0.4-0.6

0.6-1.0

Gamma

0-15 d

15 d -1 y

1 y and older

0.7-1.4

0.5-1.3

0.7-1.6

Monoclonal

All ages

Not present

 

 

Use:Serum protein evaluation, nutritional status. Work-up for liver disease, including chronic active hepatitis; diagnosis, myeloma, macroglobulinemia of Waldenstrom, collagen diseases, and monoclonal gammopathies; evaluation of inflammatory states. Evaluation for low back pain, arthritis, amyloidosis. Evaluation of lymphoma, leukemia, anemia.


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