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A 33-year-old male asked:

Had metabolic panel and everything was mid range but total protein was 8.3 the reference was 6.6-8.2 and said high the dr wasnt worried but im curious because it said high on results but kidney and other liver function good just 8.3 protein?

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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 35 years experience
This kind of variation( 0.1) is nothing to worry about.
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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 43 years experience
If you were completely fasting overnight (not drinking any fluid at all) the serum protein can be slightly higher than the maximal limit and if it is true, your sodium level (Na) will be above 142 in the same blood test. Also can an infection boost the globulin part of the protein and total serum protein will be high as well. We usually neglect the minor change unless we try to get a correlation.
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Last updated Mar 1, 2022

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