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Total Protein Test

A total protein test is used to measure the amount of protein present in your blood.

Proteins are necessary for the health and development of cells and tissues in the body

Benefits

The test can help in the diagnosis of a variety of medical disorders, including:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disorders
  • Malnutrition – It is a severe illness that develops when a person’s diet lacks the necessary nutrients to satisfy their body’s requirements.

What Do The Results Mean

If you have a relatively low protein level, you could be experiencing liver or kidney disease, or protein may not be digested or absorbed adequately.

Liver disease
A high total protein level might suggest dehydration or a specific type of cancer, like multiple myeloma, which leads protein to accumulate improperly.

If the total protein test results are abnormal, more tests will be required to determine whether specific proteins are abnormally low or high. This will allow for a precise diagnosis.

Reviewed by – Dr. Priyanka, MBBS MD
Page last reviewed: 28 March 2023