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Protein Electrophoresis
Immunofixation Electrophoresis

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Also known as: Serum Protein Electrophoresis; Protein ELP; SPE; SPEP; Urine Protein Electrophoresis; UPE; UPEP; IFE; CSF Protein Electrophoresis
Formal name: Protein Electrophoresis; Immunofixation Electrophoresis

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose or monitor conditions that result in abnormal protein production or loss

When to Get Tested?

When you have an abnormal result on a total protein or albumin blood test or have symptoms of diseases that are associated with abnormal protein production, such as multiple myeloma or multiple sclerosis

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm; sometimes a random or 24-hour urine sample; sometimes a sample of cerebrospinal fluid

Test Preparation Needed?