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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 you have a disease or illness, it can cause changes to the protein levels in your blood.
A low total serum protein level can be caused by:
A high total serum protein level can be caused by:
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
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 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 you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 3/3/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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