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ELECTROPHORESIS, SERUM PROTEIN

Mnemonic

PELP

Synonym

Serum Protein Electrophoresis - SPEP

Includes

Total Protein, Protein Electrophoresis

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum, One 5.0 mL gold (SST) or 7.0 mL red top tube. Fresh samples are recommended.

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Handling

Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: SST - 30 minutes and red top tubes - 60 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum from cells within 4 hours of collection.

Preferred Volume

2.0 mL Serum

Minimum Volume

1.5 mL Serum (4.0 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Hemolyzed or plasma specimens

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS: Room Temperature (18-26°C): 4 days; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 2 weeks; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 6 months

Testing Information

Performed

Sun - Fri

Reported

2-4 days

Method

Helena SPIFE 3000 Protein Electrophoresis, Beckman AU Colorimetry

Reference Values

Reference Values

Professional interpretation provided by Cascade Pathology Services.

CPT Codes

84155: Total Protein; 84165: Protein Electrophoresis

Last Updated: Friday, May 11, 2018 06:26:36 AM


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