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Test Code HGBELP Hemoglobin Electrophoresis, LAB2529


Agarose Gel Electrophoresis

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements


Preferred: Lavender-top (EDTA) tube

Acceptable: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube
Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL of EDTA or lithium heparin whole blood

Stability: Store samples at 2 to 8 °C for up to 5 days.

Collection Instructions: Avoid tubes with iodoacetate.

Reference Values

Predominantly hemoglobin A

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Friday

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Useful in the detection of abnormal hemoglobins which is of major importance in the diagnosis of hemoglobinopathies in patients who exhibit a wide range of symptoms.