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Overview of  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST

Protein Electrophoresis Test of Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) is done to diagnose various conditions of the central nervous system.

What is  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST?

Protein Electrophoresis (CSF) Test involves the collection of cerebrospinal fluid. The cerebrospinal fluid flows around the brain and spinal cord, it is clear and watery. Protein Electrophoresis (CSF) Test evaluates the presence of various proteins and other substances in the CSF which indicates the occurrence of CNS disorders.

Why is  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST suggested?

Protein  Electrophoresis (CSF) Test is suggested for the diagnosis of:

  • and cancers of the CNS.
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Infection
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Hemorrhage within the skull

How is  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST performed?

Protein  Electrophoresis (CSF) Test is performed as follows:

  • The patient lies in a fetal position and local anesthesia of the lower back is given.
  • CSF collected by health practitioner through a procedure called lumbar puncture.
  • Quantitative electrophoresis performed on sample.

What are the parameters measured in  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST?

Protein Electrophoresis (CSF) Test measures the amount of true protein, pre-albumin and albumin in the CSF.

Preparation before performing  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST

Preparation before Protein  Electrophoresis (CSF) Test involves:

  • Empty bowels and bladder before the test.
  • Inform the doctor of any vaccinations and medications the patient is taking.

Post-care after  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST

Post-care after Protein  Electrophoresis (CSF) Test involves:

  • Lie still and flat for a while after the collection of the sample.

Sample types in  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST

The sample in the Protein Electrophoresis (CSF) Test is 0.5 ml CSF.

Side effects/risks of  PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (CSF) TEST

Protein  Electrophoresis (CSF) Test must be performed by an expert health practitioner or else the spinal cord might suffer permanent damage.

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