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Available Tests

  • Serum Protein Electrophoresis

Serum Protein Electrophoresis

Includes: Serum Total Protein, & Serum Protein Electrophoretic Pattern [Albumin (SPE), A-1-Globulin (SPE), A-2-Globulin (SPE), B-1-Globulin (SPE), B-2-Globulin (SPE), Gammaglobulin (SPE)], M Spike, M Spike2, M Spike3

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB119
CPT Code(s)   84165
Group/Individual Test   Group
Laboratory   Core- performed by: Special Chemistry Lab
Tube Station   30
Specimen Routine: 3 mL blood/serum separator tube/gold top
  micro: 1.5 mL blood/serum separator tube/gold top or red top microtainer

Room Temperature: 4 hrs

Off Site Collections:
Centrifuge sample; aliquot serum (min vol 500µl) & refrigerate within 4 hours of collection.
Frozen: -20 °C, 14 days
Refrigerated: 7 Days
Ambient: Not acceptable
Availability Routine: Monday-Friday, no weekends/holidays; Not available STAT
Turnaround Time   Resulted by 4pm, 48 hours after receipt
Reference Range Normal:
Total Protein                            6.6 -8.0
ALBUMIN (SPE)                         3.5 -5.0
ALPHA-1 GLOBULIN (SPE)           0.2 - 0.5
ALPHA-2 GLOBULIN (SPE)           0.5 - 1.1
BETA-1 GLOBULIN (SPE)             0.3- 0.6
BETA-2 GLOBULIN (SPE)             0.2 -0.6
GAMMAGLOBULIN (SPE)             0.5 - 1.5
M SPIKE  g/dL  (Not Present)
M SPIKE2  g/dL  (Not Present)
M SPIKE3  g/dL  (Not Present)
Interpretation provided on report; call (984)974-2361 for questions regarding interpretation.

Method: Capillary electrophoresis or gel electrophoresis

-Samples must be received in Core Laboratory by 6:00 AM for same day testing.
-Multiple test requests with same sample type will require additional volumes for testing.
-Pediatric microtainers (“bullets”) available from Phlebotomy Services

Reviewed by jcayless on February 28, 2018

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514