Immunofixation Electrophoresis (IFE) Blood Test
Immunofixation Electrophoresis (IFE) Blood Test (Labcorp)
The Immunofixation test measures 3 types of immunoglobulins or antibodies, IgG, IgM, and IgA. The body's immune system produces antibodies to fight various diseases and infections. Certain diseases such as Multiple Myeloma cause the growth of excess antibody-producing cells. This results in higher than normal levels of specific antibody types. The Immunofixation blood test measures antibody levels to help determine if there are abnormal spikes in the development of specific type of immunoglobulins. This test also provides interpretative data on the heavy and light chain patterns seen in the blood. This information can help a person's doctor to make the appropriate diagnosis.
An Immunofixation test is often ordered when someone has symptoms of diseases such as Multiple Myeloma, Waldenstrom's Macroglobullinema, Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Sclerosis. Symptoms can include weakness, fatigue, recurrent infections, unexplained weight loss, brittle bones, blurred vision, back pain, and irregular bruising. This test may be followed up by a Protein Electrophoresis test.
Turnaround for this test is typically 3-6 business days.
Where can I find a Immunofixation Electrophoresis (IFE) test near me?
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Overnight fasting is preferred but not required.