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Overview of PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST

Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is performed to determine certain types of protein in a blood sample. This test helps in the diagnosis and monitoring of various conditions that result in abnormal protein production.

What is PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST?

Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is based on the technique of electrophoresis, which separates proteins based on their molecular weights. Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is not used by itself to diagnose a disease, instead, it is used with other tests to find conclusive evidence.

Why is PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST suggested?

Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is suggested for the following reasons:

  • When there is unexplained weight loss, bone pain, and nausea.
  • Anemia and thyroid problems
  • Multiple myelomas and other blood-related cancers.
  • Multiple sclerosis

How is PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST performed?

Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is performed as follows:

  • Blood is withdrawn from a vein in the forearm.
  • Serum electrophoresis is performed in the lab.

The result of the Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test is received within 24-48 hours.

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

Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test measures the levels of the following proteins:

  • Albumin
  • Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 Globulin
  • Beta globulin
  • Gamma globulin

Preparation before performing PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST

No preparation needed before Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test.

Post-care after PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST

No post-care required after Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test.

Sample types in PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST

Sample type in Protein Electrophoresis (Serum) Test are:

  • 3 ml of whole blood.

Side effects/risks of PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS (SERUM) TEST

There are no side effects/risk associated Protein Electrophoresis Serum Test.

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