Assay Method: Photo Colorimetric
Abbreviation: Alb
Sector: Biochemistry
SampleType: S
S.Vol: -
Transport: at 20-25˚, at -20˚c
Storage: 1 month at 2-8˚c 7 days at 15-25˚c
Test Name: Albumin
Normal Range: 3.5-5.3
Testing Date: Daily

This test is related to
Why get tested?

To screen for liver or kidney disease especially in hospitalised patients

When to get tested?

If your doctor thinks you have symptoms of liver or kidney disease or prior to a planned surgery

Sample required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test preparation needed?


What is being tested?

Albumin is made in the liver and it is the most abundant protein in the blood plasma. It keeps fluid from leaking out of blood vessels; nourishes tissues; and carries hormones, vitamins, drugs, and ions like calcium throughout the body. Albumin concentration in the blood is sensitive to liver damage. The concentration of albumin in the blood drops when the liver is severely damaged or with a type of kidney disease called 'nephrotic syndrome, or if a person experiences severe inflammation in the body, or with shock. The albumin concentration in the blood increases when a person is dehydrated.

How is the sample collected for testing?

A blood sample is usually taken by a needle from a vein in the arm.

Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?

No test preparation is needed.