Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may
not be helpful include:
Taking medicines, such as
estrogens, male sex
androgens), growth hormone, or
Prolonged bed rest, such as during a hospital
A long-term (chronic) illness, especially if the disease
interferes with what you are able to eat or drink.
What To Think About
If you have abnormal globulin levels, another
test called serum protein electrophoresis is often done. This test measures
specific groups of proteins in the blood. To learn more, see the topic
Serum Protein Electrophoresis.
liver cells lose their ability to make protein. But previously produced protein
may stay in the blood for 12 to 18 days, so it takes about 2 weeks for damage
to the liver to show up as decreased serum protein levels. The liver's ability
to make protein may be used to predict the course of certain liver
carbohydrates and fats, proteins are not stored in the
body. They are continuously broken down (metabolized) into
amino acids that can be used to make new proteins,
enzymes, and other compounds needed by the
Protein also can be measured in the urine. To learn more, see the topic
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
Other Works Consulted
Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2013). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 6th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.
Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.