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Test Identifier Information

 
Registration CodeBJP
Method

Total Protein: Turbidometric method measuring protein denatured by benzethonium chloride.  Abbott c series analyser, Abbott reagents.

Urine Electrophoresis: High resolution 1 % agarose gel electrophoresis, followed by silver staining.

Urine Immunofixation: Specific antisera to immunoglobulin components is applied following electrophoresis to identify abnormalities.

 

Note: Random urine specimens may be sufficient for identifying monoclonal proteins, but 24 hr specimens should be used to quantitate and monitor urinary abnormalities.

Diagnostic Use / Indications

Urine proteins can be grouped into 5 fractions by electrophoresis: albumin, alpha-1, alpha-2, beta-globulin and gamma-globulin.

The urine total protein concentration, the electrophoretic pattern, and the presence of a monoclonal immunoglobulin light chain may be characteristic of monoclonal gammopathies such as multiple myeloma, primary systemic amyloidosis, and light-chain deposition disease.

Immunoglobulin heavy chain fragments as well as free light chains may be seen in the urine of patients with monoclonal gammopathies.

External Price$85.06(Exclusive of GST)
  

Specimen Collection

 
Specimen Collection Protocols

Early morning urine samples are preferred. Random or 24 h urine samples are also acceptable.

Do not use preservatives in the specimen pottle as these may precipitate urine free light chains, interferring with test measurement.

 

Patient SpecimenEarly morning urine, random or 24 hr urine.
  

Instructions for Referral to CHLabs

 
Aliquot InstructionsUrine 20 mL Refrigerated
Aliquot Transport to CHLOn ice or ambient
  

CHLabs Laboratory

 
DepartmentBiochemistry - Protein Laboratory
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Contact Phone Number(03)3640334 | x80334
Test AvailabilityAnalysed 2-3 times/week
Turnaround Time1 - 3 days
Reference Interval

No reference interval applies to random urine specimens.

Additional Information

Consider also the following tests:

Serum free light chains (SFLC): - Quantitation of free light chains within the serum.

Delphic Number Test Number3213

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