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Monitoring patients with monoclonal gammopathies
Urine protein electrophoresis alone is not considered an adequate screening for monoclonal gammopathies
If a discrete electrophoresis band is identified, the laboratory will evaluate the urine protein electrophoresis and, if necessary, perform immunofixation at an additional charge.
Urine proteins can be grouped into 5 fractions by protein electrophoresis:
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.
<167 mg/24 hours
Reference values have not been established for patients <18 years of age.
Reference values have not been established for patients >83 years of age.
If protein concentration is abnormal, the following fractions, if present, will be reported as a percent of the protein, total.
Reference value applies to 24-hour collection. Specimens collected for periods other than 24 hours will be reported in concentration units.
A characteristic monoclonal band (M-spike) is often found in the urine of patients with multiple myeloma (MM). The initial identification of an M-spike or an area of restricted migration should be followed by MPSU / Monoclonal Protein Study, 24 Hour, Urine that includes immunofixation to identify the immunoglobulin heavy chain and/or light chain. Immunoglobulin heavy chain fragments as well as free light chains may be seen in the urine of patients with monoclonal gammopathies.
The presence of a monoclonal light chain M-spike of >1 g/24 hours is consistent with a diagnosis of MM or macroglobulinemia.
The presence of a small amount of monoclonal light chain and proteinuria (total protein >3 g/24 hours) which is predominantly albumin is consistent with amyloidosis (AL) or light chain deposition disease (LCDD). Because patients with AL and LCDD may have elevated urinary protein without an identifiable M-spike, urine protein electrophoresis is not considered an adequate "screen" for the disorder. MPSU / Monoclonal Protein Study, 24 Hour, Urine that includes immunofixation should be performed if the clinical suspicion is high.
Patients suspected of having a monoclonal gammopathy may have a normal urine protein electrophoretic pattern, and these patients should have immunofixation (MPSU / Monoclonal Protein Study, 24 Hour, Urine) performed. Monoclonal gammopathies are rarely seen in patients <30 years of age.
Hemolysis may cause a discrete band on protein electrophoresis, which will be negative on immunofixation.
Penicillin may split the albumin band.
Radiographic agents may produce an uninterpretable pattern.
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2. Kyle, RA, Katzmann, JA, Lust, JA, Dispernzieri, A: Immunochemical characterization of immunoglobulins. In Manual of Clinical Laboratory Immunology. Sixth edition, Edited by NR Rose, RG Hamilton, B Detrick. Washington, DC. ASM Press, 2002, pp 71-91