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Electrophoresis Testing

Serum lipoprotein electrophoresis is usually performed using fasting serum or plasma. In a fasting sample, large chylomicrons are not normally present and therefore, will not obscure or confound the gel.

Because electrophoresis relies on dye-binding and densitometry, samples should have cholesterol >100 mg/mL. The results of this testing can be used in a variety of ways but typically a report of "type B" or "type A" is sufficient to inform physicians whether there is increased cardiovascular risk.