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A total serum protein test measures protein in the blood. Blood proteins are mainly made by the liver and white blood cells.
The test is done to look for disease or illness in the body. When your child has a disease or illness, it can cause changes to the protein levels in their blood.
A low total serum protein level can be caused by:
A high total serum protein level can be caused by:
In general, you won't need to prepare before your child has this test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take a few minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.
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Adaptation Date: 5/5/2021
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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