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Immunoelectrophoresis, serum and csf (087-0242)
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Specimen Requirements:
Test Included:

Serum: Total Protein, Albumin, IgG, IgA, IgM, High Resolution electrophoresis, Interpretation and immunofixation as needed.  CSF:  Albumin, IgG, IgA, IgM, IgG Index, High Resolution Electrophoresis and interpretation  


Routine venipucture and lumbar puncture.


Serum- Routine Venipuncture. Collect 7 mL of blood in SST (gel barrier) preferred; red-topped tube acceptable (Min.: 3 mL). CSF - routine lumbar puncture; CSF: 7 mL sterile plastic tube with screw cap.   

Minimum Volume:

3 mL of blood and 7 mL of CSF


Delivered to Sample Management within 2 hours of collection.    

Specimen Preparation:

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer serum from collection tube to labeled plastic transport tube. 


Refrigerated for ≤ 72 hours; Frozen for ≤ 6 months.  (Avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles).  

Causes for Rejection:

Incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport, and gross hemolysis or lipemia.

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

  Routine: 2-3 days; test is performed Tuesday and Friday




Monday – Friday: 7:00am – 3:30 pm


Special Chemistry



CPT 4 Code:


When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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