The total protein test is done to measure the total amount of albumin and globulin—the two classes of proteins present in the fluid portion of blood. The test is performed to assess a person’s overall health status.
When it's done:
The panel of tests is performed as part of a routine health check-up of an individual and to diagnose any nutritional problems, kidney diseases, liver diseases and bone marrow disorders. If the amount of total protein is abnormal, you will need to undergo more tests to look for the exact cause of the problem to reach at a definite diagnosis.
When to Avoid:
Consult your doctor if you are taking any medicines, as this may alter the test results. Do not stop the medicines without consulting your doctor. Total protein amount may be increased during pregnancy.
How to prepare:
No special preparation is required. However, the blood is drawn from a vein in the arm or from the finger in children and adults or from the heel in newborns.