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Also known as: ALB
Formal name: Albumin, serum

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At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To screen for and help diagnose a liver disorder or kidney disease; sometimes to evaluate nutritional status, especially in hospitalized patients

When to Get Tested?

Routinely as part of the blood tests done for a physical; when a healthcare practitioner thinks that you have symptoms of a liver disorder or kidney disease; sometimes when you have unintended weight loss, have symptoms associated with malnutrition, or prior to a planned surgery

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?