Prealbumin Blood Test
The Prealbumin Blood Test measures prealbumin levels in the blood to diagnose and monitor problems with nutritional health.
What is the purpose of this test?
Order this Prealbumin Blood Test, which measures prealbumin levels in the blood to diagnose and monitor problems with nutritional health. Transthyretin, also known as prealbumin, is a crucial blood protein that is mainly synthesized by the liver. Its crucial role is transporting vitamin A and thyroxine, the main thyroid hormone, throughout the body. While prealbumin is commonly used as an indicator of malnutrition, ongoing research is focused on comprehending the various functions of prealbumin in the body, particularly the reasons for changes observed during illness, and the usefulness of prealbumin testing in clinical practice.
What conditions are associated with abnormal prealbumin levels?
Abnormal prealbumin levels can be seen with conditions such as, but not limited to:
- Severe or chronic illness
- Trauma, such as burns
- Liver disease
- Serious infections
- Digestive disorders
When should I order a Prealbumin Blood Test?
Individuals may order this test if they have experienced symptoms related to malnutrition. Common signs or symptoms of malnutrition include:
- Weight loss
- Fatigue and weakness
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Poor concentration
- Slow healing wounds
- Dry skin
- Changes in skin pigmentation
- Dry, brittle hair, or hair loss
- Feeling cold
- Joint pain
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