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COMMON LAB VALUES IN PROTEINS

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This is a brief summary of lab value interpretation and is not intended in any way to be comprehensive or replace any conversation of your results with your doctor.

PROTEIN LAB VALUES

PROTEIN, TOTAL - Decreased levels may be due to poor nutrition, liver disease, malabsorption, diarrhea, or severe burns. Increased levels are seen in lupus, liver disease, chronic infections, alcoholism, leukemia, tuberculosis amongst many others.

Normal Adult Range: 6.0 -8.5 g/dl

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ALBUMIN - major constituent of serum protein (usually over 50%). High levels are seen in liver disease(rarely) , shock, dehydration, or multiple myeloma. Lower levels are seen in poor diets, diarrhea, fever, infection, liver disease, inadequate iron intake, third-degree burns and edemas or hypocalcemia

Albumin, serum: 3.5 - 5.5 g/dL
Albumin, urine: 10 - 100 mg/24 h

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GLOBULIN - Globulins have many diverse functions such as, the carrier of some hormones, lipids, metals, and antibodies(IgA, IgG, IgM, and IgE). Elevated levels are seen with chronic infections, liver disease, rheumatoid arthritis, myelomas, and lupus are present, . Lower levels in immune compromised patients, poor dietary habits, malabsorption and liver or kidney disease.

Globulin, serum: 2.3 - 3.5 g/dL
Gamma globulin, CSF: 3 - 12 percent of total protein

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