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Test Code 1027
Total protein is a measure of albumin—the main protein in the blood produced by the liver and globulins which include enzymes, antibodies, hormones, carrier proteins.
1.0 mL serum (0.5 mL minimum) collected in serum separator tube (SST/Tiger Top)
Refrigerated (ship on frozen cold packs)
Refrigerated: 28 days
- Low: <6.3 g/dL
- Normal: 6.3-7.7 g/dL
- High: >7.7 g/dL
- Elevated levels could indicate dehydration or high levels of albumin and/or globulin as a result of chronic inflammation or infections such as viral hepatitis or HIV. May be associated with bone marrow disorders such as multiple myeloma
- Low total protein levels can indicate a liver or kidney disorder, malnutrition, malabsorption, celiac or inflammatory bowel disorder.
Treatment is based on the etiology of elevation.