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What is a total serum protein test?

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The total serum protein test measures all the proteins in your blood. Two of thekey ones are:

Albumin. This carries medicines and hormones throughout your body. It also helps with tissue growth and healing.

Globulin. This is a group of proteins. Some of them are made by your liver. Others are made by your immune system. They help fight infection and transport nutrients.

It can also check the amount of albumin you have compared to globulin, or what’s called your A/G ratio. Healthy people have a little more albumin than globulin.

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Total Protein Test.”

LabTests Online/American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Total Protein and Albumin/Globulin (A/G) Ratio.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Protein.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Total Protein and A/G Ratio,” “Albumin (Blood).”

The Institute for Effective Diagnosis and Treatment: “Albumin/Globulin Ratio.”

Auburn Community Hospital: “Total Serum Protein.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Obtaining Blood Via Heel Stick.”  

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 22, 2017

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Total Protein Test.”

LabTests Online/American Association for Clinical Chemistry: “Total Protein and Albumin/Globulin (A/G) Ratio.”

Mayo Clinic: “High Blood Protein.”

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Total Protein and A/G Ratio,” “Albumin (Blood).”

The Institute for Effective Diagnosis and Treatment: “Albumin/Globulin Ratio.”

Auburn Community Hospital: “Total Serum Protein.”

University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital: “Obtaining Blood Via Heel Stick.”  

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on January 22, 2017

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