Blood Sciences Test


Total Protein

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Units

g/L

Reference Range

≤1W: 46 – 70
1W – 7M: 44 – 76
7M – 1Y: 51 – 73
1 – 2 Y: 56 – 75
2 – 3Y: 60 – 80
3 – 120Y: 64 – 83

Total protein = albumin + total globulin

Test Usage

Total proteins, consisting of albumin and globulins, is a crude test, but a raised value can be a pointer towards raised immunoglobulins; a low value can be due to reduced albumin or globulins or both. Variations in protein concentration can be due to dehydration, diuretics, fluid retention or diurnal changes. On changing from the recumbent to the upright position, fluid is redistributed to tissues from the circulation causing an increase of up to 10% in protein concentrations.

Availability

Local test

Turnaround Time

1 day

Can be added on to an existing request up to 4 days following sample receipt

Specimen Labelling Procedure