Why this test?
- To evaluate the protein-synthetic function of the liver.
- To assess nutritional status.
- For differential diagnosis of edematous syndrome.
In what cases is it prescribed?
- With chronic diseases of the liver and kidneys.
- In case of severe injuries and burns.
- In case of oncological diseases.
Albumins in serum are the main blood proteins and make up to 60% of the total number of plasma proteins. They are synthesized in the liver (approximately 15 g per day). Their main functions: maintenance of oncotic pressure in blood serum, transport of various biologically active substances, including hormones, vitamins. Albumins bind cholesterol, bilirubin, calcium, as well as many medicinal substances. In addition, they can serve as sources of amino acids when they are insufficiently supplied to the body. The serum albumin test is used mainly to assess the protein-synthetic function of the liver and nutrient status.