Days Set Up
Monday - Friday
Analytic Time

24 hours

MiChart Code
Protein Electrophoresis, Serum
Soft Order Code
TPE

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Synonyms

Electrophoresis, Protein, Serum
High Resolution Electrophoresis, Serum
Serum Protein Electrophoresis
SPEP
PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS
ALB/GLOB
ALBUMIN
ALPHA 1
ALPHA 2
BETA
GAMMA
T PROTEIN
TPINTERP
ALPHA-1
ALPHA-2
BETA-GLOBULIN
GAMMA GLOBULIN
TOTAL PROTEIN
PROTEIN ELECTROPHORESIS INTERP
ALBUMIN RESULT

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Test Overview

Test Methodology

Capillary Electrophoresis

Test Usage

Serum protein electrophoresis is an evaluation for monoclonal gammopathies, Waldenstrom's macroglobulinemia, multiple myeloma, liver disease, inflammatory states, nephrotic syndrome, amyloidosis and A1AT deficiency disease. Also used for evaluation for low back pain, arthritis, lymphoma, leukemia and anemia. The small bands and minor alterations detected will have different significance depending on the clinical situation.

Reference Range

Total Protein (age >=12yrs): 6.0 - 8.3 g/dL; Albumin: 3.43 - 4.84 g/dL, Alpha-1 Globulin: 0.21 - 0.44 g/dL, Alpha-2 Globulin: 0.54 - 0.97 g/dL, Beta Globulin: 0.65 - 1.03 g/dL, Gamma Globulin: 0.70 - 1.47 g/dL, Albumin/Globulin Ratio: 0.88 - 2.30. Pathologist interpretation of results provided.

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Onsite

Collect specimen in an SST tube. If a cryoglobulin is suspected, the specimen must be drawn in a red top tube and maintained at 37 degrees C in a Thermos during transport to laboratory.

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate. If cryoglobulin is suspected, the specimen must be drawn in a red top tube and maintained at 37 degrees C.

Yellow Top Tube
Normal Volume
1 mL serum
Minimum Volume
0.4 mL serum

Billing Information

CPT Code
84165
Pro Fee Code
84165
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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.