Test Overview – The serum protein test measures the amount of two proteins – albumin and globulin in the body. It is used to check for liver or kidney disorder as well as in case of sudden weight loss and extreme fatigue.

When is it recommended? – Anytime or fasting

Diagnostic ailment – Kidney disease, liver disease, fatigue, hepatitis B and C

Significance – This test measures if there is an elevated level of important proteins in the blood signifying an underlying infection or kidney disease.

What does the test result mean? – The recommended level for this test reading is between 6 and 8.3 g/dL. A significantly lower level may indicate inflammation, liver or kidney disease, mal-absorption of nutrition, among others. A higher level could be indicative of a viral infection like hepatitis C.

Special Instructions – Be sure to inform your doctor of any medication you may be on prior to the test.