Kappa/Lambda Light Chains,Total, Random Urine [34318]

Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes
83883 (x2)

Preferred Specimen
2 mL random urine collected in a plastic leak-proof container, no preservative

Minimum Volume
0.5 mL

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 12 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 14 days


Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat p.m.; Report available: 1-2 days

Reference Range
Kappa Light Chain <2.00 mg/dL
Lambda Light Chain <2.00 mg/dL

Clinical Significance
Polyclonal immunoglobulin light chains (kappa and lambda) normally occur in a ratio of 2:1, whereas monoclonal immunoglobulin light chains exhibit only one type of light chain, either kappa or lambda. A kappa/lambda ratio outside of 2:1 is an indication of a monoclonal gammopathy.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

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