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Urine Protein Electrophoresis Interpretation
Inflammation: Serum protein electrophoresis is a test that examines specific proteins in the blood, serum Albumin and alpha-1, alpha-2, beta, and gamma globulins. In the alpha-1 zone, alpha-1 antitrypsin (aat) is the major protein, which is involved in neutralizing enzymes secreted by inflammatory cells. Aat is increased in acute inflammation. ...Read more
Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more
Nothing Particular: It is one of those changes which has no clear cut medical implications. You can ignore it and you would not have to think about it or anything serious that I can medically relate it to. Good like ...Read more
No worries: This is of no consequence. I would ignore it. ...Read more
Doesn't immunofixation test for the same things as protein electrophoresis and even more than protein electrophoresis?
It is not same test: Serum protein electrophoresis(spe) is a screening test for myeloma and other paraproteinemias it simple shows the abnormal(m) protein peak. Immunofixation is the next best test which provides a lot more additional information like the type of immunoglobulin which is causing the m spike and it will also tell us more useful info about further quantitation of the m peak and subtyping of your disease. ...Read more
No: Basically worthless. You're way too young for myeloma. Matt, you've been concerned about lymphoma for months. You're a smart guy at your mental and physical peak. There must be some bold, decisive actions you can take, with good guidance, to make your life better and more fulfilled, so that these concerns won't torment you. You deserve better. Best wishes. ...Read more
Blood tests: They are two different separate blood tests, spep serum protein electrophoresis test is a screening test for plasma cell disorders like mgus, smoldering or full blown myeloma and quantitative igg is a blood test to quantify the amount of igg in blood. Usually more than 3 grams is significant in blood. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Will the serum protein electrophoresis test tell me anything that the immunofixation test would not tell me?
Yes.: The ife is very sensitive at finding an abnormal antibody (monoclonal antibody) in blood, but it does not measure the quantity. The spep is less sensitive at finding the monocloprotein protein, but it is a quantitative test, so it answers "how much" monoclonal protein is present. The spep is used to monitor therapy for that reason. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Doc wants to do protein electrophoresis test. Globulin always low and a/g always high. Could globulin just be low due to my igg3 deficiency, though?
M58, could RA factor test rule out rhemetoid artheratis and protein electrophoresis, serum calcium, fbc, ESR rule out multiple myleoma up to some extnt?
See details: The ccp antibody is a more specific test for ra. 20-25% of people with RA have a negative rheumatoid factor. The protein electrophoresis is an important diagnostic test for myeloma but the diagnosis is really made through a bone marrow exam. A normal spep, however, rules out myeloma. ...Read more
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