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A 19-year-old female asked:

Had a blood test to follow up on my liver enzymes. noticed my calcium level increased from 9.3 to 10.2. read that raised levels of albumin can increase calcium levels slightly, is that true? my protein level also increased from 6.7 to 8.1?

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Your Calcium level, although fluctuating,. it is still in the normal range. You are right that blood protein levels can alter the values. I do not think there is anything wrong( with your test results), they are in the range of values which we use for a normal test result. If concerned you can get the serum Calcium rechecked. Unless the value goes up above 10.50, I would not be worried.
Dr. Anderson Tsai
Internal Medicine 9 years experience
Hi: Yes, it's possible that increased albumin level can increase calcium level. Seems like your value is just near the upper limit of normal but not too abnormal. Many things likely can affect these slight changes in blood level, such as dehydration/diet/medications etc. If you are concerned, you can always ask you doctor to repeat your labs.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, none of the information you provided is a cause for concern. Calcium will rise with increase in albumin. Wish you good health!

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