Prealbumin
Fasting Required: No

Specimen: Blood

Results: 2-3 Business Days

Description:
Prealbumin is a protein produced primarily by the liver and reflects the current state of a person's nutrition. If prealbumin is low, other proteins and nutrients in the blood may also be low. Low levels may be seen in patients with Severe or chronic illness such as cancer, Hyperthyroidism, Liver disease, Serious infections, Certain digestive disorders, and Inflammation.

Methodology:
Nephelometry

Clinical Significance:
Prealbumin is decreased in protein-calorie malnutrition, liver disease, and acute inflammation. It may be used as an indicator of nutritional requirements and response to therapy during total parenteral nutrition and as a biochemical marker of nutritional adequacy in premature infants.

Alternative Name(s):
Transthyretin, Thyroxine Binding Prealbumin

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.