Total protein – why test?
The test is used to assess a patient’s nutritional status, or to evaluate for liver or kidney problems or a number of other diseases. If the result of the total protein test is abnormal, further tests are needed to determine the cause of the condition.
When should I be tested?
A total protein test is recommended when you want to assess the overall health or nutritional status of a person. The test should be performed when there is unexplained weight loss, persistent fatigue or symptoms of liver or kidney problems, to find out why fluid builds up in the tissues (swelling), when infections, systemic rheumatic diseases, or thyroid dysfunction are suspected.
What sample total protein is required for the test?
Blood is drawn from a vein in the arm. It can be taken from the tip of the toe in children and from the heel in newborns.
How to prepare for the survey?
What do my results mean?
Total protein roughly represents all the proteins in the blood plasma.
Low protein levels can indicate liver, kidney or other problems where protein is not digested or absorbed properly, as well as blood loss and severe burns. Low protein levels are found in severe nutritional and digestive diseases such as celiac disease or inflammatory bowel disease.
High protein levels are detected in cases of high fluid loss, chronic inflammation or infections such as hepatitis or HIV infection. Increases in blood protein are caused by bone marrow diseases such as multiple myeloma.
Albumin, Protein electrophoresis, ALT, AST
Liver disease, kidney disease, multiple myeloma
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