A total protein assay measures the amount of proteins found in the plasma. The two major protein components are albumin and globulins. Plasma proteins play a major role in maintaining colloid osmotic pressure, and are a source of amino acids. They also bind and transport a variety of substances including lipids, fatty acids, lipid-like substances, copper, iron, and hemoglobin. [ back to top ]


... Why get tested?
To determine your nutritional status or to screen for certain liver and kidney disorders as well as other diseases

When to get tested?
If you experience unexpected weight loss or fatigue or if your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of a liver or kidney disorder

Sample required?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm of by fingerstick (adults and children) or heelstick (newborns)
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