At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
When to Get Tested?
If your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of a liver or kidney disorder
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
The Test Sample
What is being tested?
The total protein test is a rough measure of all of the proteins in the plasma portion of your blood. Proteins are important building blocks of all cells and tissues; they are important for body growth and health. Total protein measures the combined amount of two classes of proteins, albumin and globulin. Albumin is a carrier of many small molecules, but its main purpose is to keep fluid from leaking out of blood vessels, while globulin proteins include enzymes, antibodies, and more than 500 other proteins.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is collected by needle from a vein.
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