Albumin


Abbrev Code:ALB   
Order Code:LAB45Order Name:Albumin Level
Methodology:All Other Sites: Polychromic end point
Roche: Colorimetric dye binding BCG
Woodwinds: Dye Binding BCP
CPT Codes: 82040 x1, 82040 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed and reported 24 hours/day.
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Collection Instructions

Specimen:Blood
Optimal Volume:2.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.6 mL
Collection Instructions:Chemistry Tests Containers Chart


Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot 1.25 mL, 0.2 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:5 months refrigerated; 4 months frozen
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Chemistry  (CSC Maple Grove, Grand Itasca, Northland, Oxboro Clinic, Range, Roche-CSC Mpls, Roche-Lakes, Roche-Ridges, Roche-St. John's, Roche-UMMC East, Southdale, UMMC/UMMCH-West Bank, Woodwinds)


Interpretive

Reference Range:Basic, Electrolyte and Renal Panels Critical Values and Reference Ranges Hepatic Panel Critical Values and Reference Ranges
Use:Albumin is the major serum protein, accounting for roughly half the total protein in most individuals. Excessive loss from the kidneys, GI tract, or skin such as with burns as well as decreased protein synthesis from malnutrition or liver disease can cause low serum albumin and to a lesser extent low total protein. Elevated albumin and total protein can be seen with dehydration. Elevated total protein with normal albumin suggests other serum proteins are elevated, seen most frequently in those with multiple myeloma. Albumin is also used for evaluation of suspected hepatic disease.


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