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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — albumin

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Description

Albumin is a protein found in the blood and is the most abundant protein in the human body. It is produced in the liver and is responsible for maintaining the osmotic pressure of the blood. Albumin can be acquired from a patient's serum by a clinical test known as a serum albumin test. This test involves collecting a sample of the patient's blood and then separating the serum from the other components of the blood. The serum is then tested for the presence of albumin. This can be done using a variety of methods, including spectrophotometry, nephelometry, and immunoassays. The results of the test can be used to diagnose and monitor a variety of conditions, including liver disease, kidney disease, and malnutrition.

Synonyms
  • alb
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Albumin
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