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Dr. Jan Shifren
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Prealbumin (Definition)

Unfortunately named, this is not a precursor of Albumin but migrates on electrophoresis on the far side of albumin. Its other name "transthyretin" reflects its job of carring thyroid and vitamin a (retinoic acid). Its level gives some suggestion of a person's nutritional ...Read more


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I have an unhealing surgical wound on my abdomen and my dr at the wound clinic ran a prealbumin test and it came back 14.9.Should I be worried, and how can I bring it up? I don't eat seafood or eggs

I have an unhealing surgical wound on my abdomen and my dr at the wound clinic ran a prealbumin test and it came back 14.9.Should I be worried, and how can I bring it up? I don't eat seafood or eggs

Wound Healing Delay: Your prealbumin level is some what on the lower side of normal range, which may be delaying healing. It may be due to insufficient intake, malnutrition due to chronic illness or malbsorption. To maximize wound healing u should increase protein intake in the form of meats, fish, eggs (white), beans, lentel milk. U can also benefit from protein supplements which can be in powder, liquid forms or bar ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: prealbumin?

What is the definition or description of: prealbumin?

Serum protein: Unfortunately named, this is not a precursor of Albumin but migrates on electrophoresis on the far side of albumin. Its other name "transthyretin" reflects its job of carring thyroid and vitamin a (retinoic acid). Its level gives some suggestion of a person's nutritional and overall health status. ...Read more

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Can diet halp prealbumin increase as well as keep the cellulitis away?

Can diet halp prealbumin increase as well as keep the cellulitis away?

Whats the cause ?: Cellulitis is an inflammation (red, hot swollen and tender) of the skin and soft tissues. It can be cause by many things such as bacteria, sunburn, vein disease and trauma all of which have different treatments. Depending on where it occurs and what is the cause, changes the treatment. Prealbumin is a measure of nutritional state. They are not really related though poor nutrition slows healing. ...Read more

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Is there any difference between mitochondrial disorder, ptosis, autism & low prealbumin?

Is there any difference between mitochondrial disorder, ptosis, autism & low prealbumin?

Maternally derived: Mutations in mitochondrial dna cause defective energy production impacting cell function in the 65 known mitochondrial disorders.Muscle weakness ( like ptosis/droopy eyelids), blindness, deafness & progressive neurologic disorder with developmental regression +/- autistic behaviors are some known symptoms. Some organs may be affected & not others. Mother may be unaffected or mildly affected. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is any between mitochondrial disorder, ptosis, autism & low prealbumin?

Please let me know if there is any between mitochondrial disorder, ptosis, autism & low prealbumin?

Possibly: Mitochondrial disorders can have varying symptoms. Ptosis, hypotonia and muscle issues are a common finding. Autism or cognitive impairment is often also associated with certain mitochondrial disorders. Prealbumin may relate to altered metabolism due to the mitochondrial disorder. Suggest discussing more formal genetic testing with a geneticist. ...Read more

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Why do cardiologists get a prealbumin after heart surgery? What does it tell them?

Why do cardiologists get a prealbumin after heart surgery? What does it tell them?

Nutritional status. : A pre-albumin level gives us some insight as to the nutritional status of patients. If the pre-albumin is low it means the patient requires additional calories in their diet to overcome the stress of surgery and for wound healing. ...Read more

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What is a V-Q test?

What is a V-Q test?

V/q scan: Ventilation/perfusion test used as an alternative test for a Ct angiogram to rule out pulmonary embolism or blood clots in lungs. ...Read more