When to see a doctorBy Mayo Clinic Staff
If your doctor discovers high blood protein during an evaluation, he or she may recommend additional tests to determine if there is an underlying problem.
A total protein test can determine whether you have high blood protein. Other more-specific tests can help determine where it's coming from, for instance, the liver or the bone marrow. A serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) test measures individual blood proteins. It can reveal which specific protein type is causing your high blood protein levels. Your doctor may use a SPEP if he or she suspects you have a bone marrow disease.
Nov. 18, 2014
- Total protein and A/G ratio. American Association for Clinical Chemistry. http://labtestsonline.org/understanding/analytes/tp/tab/glance. Accessed Aug. 25, 2014.
- Amyloidosis and kidney disease. National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse. http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/amyloidosis/. Accessed Aug. 25, 2014.
- Monoclonal gammopathies of undetermined significance (MGUS). The Merck Manual Home Edition. http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec14/ch175/ch175b.html. Accessed Aug. 25, 2014.
- Rajkumar SV. Recognition of monoclonal proteins. www.uptodate.com/index. Accessed Aug. 25, 2014.
- Wilkinson JM (expert opinion). Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. Sept. 22, 2014.
- Somers MJ. Clinical assessment and diagnosis of hypovolemia (dehydration) in children. http://www.uptodate.com/home. Accessed Aug. 25, 2014.