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Albumin: About Your Child's Test

What is an albumin blood test in children?

This test measures the amount of albumin in your child's blood. Albumin is a protein. It's made in the liver and released into the blood. It helps keep fluid from leaking out of blood vessels. It also helps carry some medicines and other substances through the blood. It's important for tissue growth and healing.

Why is this test done?

This test is used to:

  • Check to see how well the liver and kidneys are working.
  • Find out if your child's diet contains enough protein.
  • Help find the cause of swelling.

How do you prepare for the test?

In general, you won't need to prepare before your child has this test. Your doctor may give you some specific instructions.

How is the test done?

A health professional takes a sample of your child's blood.

How long does the test take?

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 advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if your child is having problems. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your child's test results.

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