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Immunoelectrophoresis

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
Related tests: Albumin; Total Protein; Antibody Tests; Immunoelectrophoresis; Urine Protein; Serum Free Light Chains; Quantitative Immunoglobuins; Alpha-1 Antitrypsin; Cryoglobulin

Why should I do it?
To help diagnose or monitor conditions that result in abnormal protein production or loss

When should I do it?
If you have an abnormal total protein or albumin blood test or if you have symptoms of diseases that are characterized by abnormal protein production, such as multiple myeloma or multiple sclerosis

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
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?
None