Albumin, Serum
Fasting Required: Yes 8-10 Hours

Specimen: Blood

Results: 2-3 business days

Description: Albumin is a protein produced by the liver and is one of the most abundant proteins in your blood. You need a proper balance of albumin to keep fluid from leaking out of blood vessels. It also carries vital nutrients and hormones, and provides your body with the proteins it needs to maintain growth and repair tissue. Abnormal albumin levels may indicate that your kidneys or liver isn’t working correctly and also determine the status of certain medical conditions, including chronic pancreatitis or kidney disease. There may be a loss of albumin in the gastrointestinal tract, in the urine secondary to renal damage or direct loss of albumin through the skin. More than 50% of patients with gluten enteropathy have depressed albumin. The only cause of increased albumin is dehydration; there is no naturally occurring hyperalbuminemia.

Methodology: Spectrophotometry (SP)

Alternate Names: ALB

Note: Result turnaround 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.