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Test ID: FIFLC    
Immunofixation with Free Light Chains, Quantitative, Urine

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Total Protein

Less than 150 mg/d

Free Urinary Kappa Light Chains

0.00-32.90 mg/L

Free Urinary Kappa Excretion/Day

By report

Free Urinary Lambda Light Chain

0.00-3.79 mg/L

Free Urinary Lambda Excretion/Day

By report

IFE Interpretation

By report

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Results of urine free light chain testing can be used to monitor disease progression or response to therapy in patients for whom urine electrophoresis is unable to provide reliable Bence Jones Protein quantification. The results of urine kappa and lambda free light chain quantitative values may be misleading in specimens with high levels of urinary polyclonal free light chains, and absent Bence Jones protein by immunofixation; therefore correlation with urine immunofixation is required to identify inconsistent results. Total urinary protein is determined turbidmetrically by adding the albumin and kappa and/or lambda light chains. This value may not agree with the total protein as determined by chemical methods, which characteristically underestimates urinary light chains.