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Iv Albumin Indications
A recent liver function test puts SGPT/ALT at 33, Alkaline Phosphate at 142, Albumin at 3.1. Are they indication of any problem?
May be: 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. Having said that, your liver enzymes are not bad, but your albumin is low and suggests inadequate intake of protein. You should consider increasing your protein intake by eating meat. If you are a vegetarian, take more lentils, beans and tofu. ...Read more
Albumins are proteins which dissolve in water and are not covered with chains of sugars. The most common is serum albumin. These molecules transport other molecules which don't dissolve in water very well. But its main function is to regulate the amount of water in the blood. Another type of Albumin is the ...Read more
A friend is an Asian 54yrs,224 lbs,diabetic under oral meds.Albumin 34,cretanine 1.2 & blood urea 27.Are the figures any indication of kidney disease.
Labs only part of it: Given that your relative is 224 pounds, I'm suspicious that he is overweight. The creatinine value -Cr depends on muscle mass, so it would be helpful to get an estimation of that. There are calculations that can be done using Cr & body weight that will give an estimate of kidney function. I think your relatives numbers are OK but recc lose weight, make sure blood pressure is OK & follow up with MD ...Read more
Serum proteins: The liquid part of blood left over, after blood clots is called serum and it contains many proteins. One type of protein is Albumin and a number of other proteins are lumped in a group called globulins. See this site for more info. http://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/total-serum-protein. ...Read more
Nothing: If you feel well, it's meaningless. Lab reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside at either end. Your physician knows all about this. If you are clearly sick, you're dehydrated. ...Read more
Recheck: Normal microalbumin/ creatinine ratio is less than 30 mg / g of creatinine. People with microalbumin / creatinine ratio between 30 -300 is said to have microlabuminuria. Level of 30. 70 is barely above normal. It is always recommended to check microalbumin on 2 sep occasions atleast 6 weeks apart, referably in early mornings. ...Read more
Beta-2 microglobulin: is a protein found on the surface of many human cells, including white blood cells. Increased production or destruction of these cells causes B2M levels in the blood to increase. If it is elevated, and how much it is elevated, generally correlates with tumor cell load. Early, mild cases may not result in elevation of B2M; more advanced cases typically would--can't reliably estimate a percentage. ...Read more
Out of context: Thank you for letting us know. But those tests are not interpreted alone without context or medical history. ...Read more
Kidney inflammation: Normal kidneys are not supposed to lose protein. Albumin is a form of protein. If you are losing traces of albumin, it means the membranes in the kidney that usually retain and hold the protein from spilling into the urine has become leaky, which is usually a result of inflammation and damage. See a doctor to run more tests to prevent the condition from worsening. ...Read more
Trace = small amount: Protein/albumin is not normally found in urine. The term trace in urinalysis means small amount. A protein trace in urine = 10 mg/100 ml giving a slightly hazy appearance to the urine. Albumin is the most common protein found in the bloodstream; it is finding its way into the urine by some means. Other clinical info is needed with evaluation by your doctor to narrow down the cause. Good luck! ...Read more
No: Not unless you have have other markers of liver disease. ...Read more