LabCorp Test

Albumin Serum Test

Quick Overview

Evaluation of nutritional status, blood oncotic pressure; evaluation of renal disease with proteinuria and other chronic diseases.

Test #001081


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Also Known As Alb, Protein
Preparation No special preparation required.
Test Results 1-2 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Albumin is a protein made by the liver that makes up over half of the total protein in the blood. Albumin keeps fluid from leaking out of blood vessels; nourishes tissues; and transports hormones, vitamins, drugs, and substances like calcium throughout the body.

Having surgery, getting burned, or having an open wound raises your chances of having a low albumin level.

Low albumin levels can indicate a number of health conditions, including:

·         Severe liver disease—since albumin is produced by the liver, its level can decrease with the loss of liver function; however, this typically occurs only when the liver has been severely affected.

·         Kidney disease—one of the many functions of the kidneys is to conserve plasma proteins such as albumin so that they are not released along with waste products when urine is produced. Albumin is present in high concentrations in the blood, and when the kidneys are functioning properly, virtually no albumin is lost in the urine. However, if a person's kidneys become damaged or diseased, they begin to lose their ability to conserve albumin and other proteins. This is frequently seen in chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension. In nephrotic syndrome, very high amounts of albumin are lost through the kidneys.

·         inflammation

·         shock

·         malnutrition

·         nephritic syndrome or nephrotic syndrome

·         Crohn’s disease

·         celiac disease

 High serum albumin levels could mean that you’re dehydrated or eat a diet rich in protein.

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