24-hour UPEP (Urine Protein Electrophoresis) Test

UPEP


Test Code: 003368
Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

24-hour UPEP (Urine Protein Electrophoresis) Test

The UPEP/Protein Electrophoresis urine test detects and measures certain proteins in a 24-hour urine sample.  This test uses an electrical field to separate proteins into groups based on size, shape, and electrical charge.  Results for this test will provide measurements for the five major protein fractions, Albumin, Alpha-1-Globulin, Alpha-2-Globulin, Beta Globulin, and Gamma Globulin, as well as Total Protein, Albumin, and M-spike if present.  Normally, there will be little or no protein in the urine.  The presence of proteins can indicate a number of conditions including urinary tract infection, inflammation, decreased kidney function, diabetic kidney disease, and a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma.  Testing a 24-hour urine sample can provide more information that a single random sample by measuring the average protein levels over a whole day rather than at one particular time.

A UPEP test is sometimes ordered if someone shows irregular protein levels in the urine from a Urinalysis test.  A Serum Protein Electrophoresis is often ordered at the same time.  A Random Urine Test is also available.

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-6 business days.

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.

Requirements:

The lab will provide a specimen container and instructions. 

The first urination of the day at 8am should be discarded.  Collect all urine for the next 24 hours, including the 8 AM void the next morning. Label the container with name, date, and time the collection started and ended.  The specimen container should be refrigerated between collections.

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24-hour UPEP (Urine Protein Electrophoresis) Test

UPEP


Test Code: 750
Specimen Type: Urine

Description:

24-hour UPEP (Urine Protein Electrophoresis) Test

The UPEP/Protein Electrophoresis urine test detects and measures certain proteins in a 24-hour urine sample.  This test uses an electrical field to separate proteins into groups based on size, shape, and electrical charge.  Results for this test will provide measurements for the five major protein fractions, Albumin, Alpha-1-Globulin, Alpha-2-Globulin, Beta Globulin, and Gamma Globulin, as well as Total Protein, Albumin, and M-spike if present.  Normally, there will be little or no protein in the urine.  The presence of proteins can indicate a number of conditions including urinary tract infection, inflammation, decreased kidney function, diabetic kidney disease, and a type of blood cancer called multiple myeloma.  Testing a 24-hour urine sample can provide more information that a single random sample by measuring the average protein levels over a whole day rather than at one particular time.

A UPEP test is sometimes ordered if someone shows irregular protein levels in the urine from a Urinalysis test.  A Serum Protein Electrophoresis is often ordered at the same time.  A Random Urine Test is also available.

Turnaround for this test is typically 3-7 business days.

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.

Requirements:

The lab will provide a specimen container and instructions. 

The first urination of the day at 8am should be discarded.  Collect all urine for the next 24 hours, including the 8 AM void the next morning. Label the container with name, date, and time the collection started and ended.  The specimen container should be refrigerated between collections.

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