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Albumin Serum Test

Quick Overview

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

Test #223

$28.00

Availability: In stock

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.

The Albumin Blood Test is used to screen for and help diagnose a liver disorder or kidney disease.  It is also used to evaluate an individual's nutritional status.  Albumin is a type of protein that is produced by the liver. It’s one of the most abundant proteins in your blood.  You need a proper balance of albumin to keep fluid from leaking out of blood vessels. Albumin gives your body the proteins it needs to keep growing and repairing tissue. It also carries vital nutrients and hormones.

There are various reason as to why an Albumin test is performed.  Your liver takes proteins from the foods you eat and turns them into new proteins that circulate to multiple organs and tissues in your body. This test can tell you how well your liver is working. A liver panel usually includes this test. 

If it is suspected that you have a condition that affects your liver function, such as liver disease, the Albumin test is probably necessary. Symptoms associated with liver disease include:

  • jaundice, which is yellow skin and eyes
  • fatigue
  • unexpected weight loss
  • swelling around your eyes, stomach, or legs

The serum albumin test can also check up on certain medical conditions you have, including chronic pancreatitis or kidney disease. The results of the test can indicate whether such conditions are improving or getting worse.

Low albumin levels can indicate many health conditions, including:

  • liver disease
  • 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. However, a serum albumin test usually isn’t necessary to diagnose dehydration.

 

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