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Test Code BLOD0549 Albumin, Plasma or Serum

Useful For

The detection of hypoalbuminemia and hyperalbuminemia.  Hypoalbuminemia is caused by several factors: impaired synthesis (due either to liver disease or diminished protein intake), increased catabolism as a result of tissue damage and inflammation, malabsorption of amino acids, and increased renal excretion (eg, nephrotic syndrome).  Hyperalbuminemia is of little diagnostic significance except in the case of dehydration.


Dye Binding-Bromcresol Purple (BCP)/Polychromatic End point

Performing Laboratory

Bozeman Health Laboratory Services

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Plasma or serum
Container/Tube: Light-green top (lithium heparin gel), red top, or gold top
Specimen Volume: 1 mL
Specimen Minimum Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Label specimen as plasma or serum.

Specimen Transport Temperature


Specimen Stability

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Plasma or Serum Refrigerated 72 hours
  Frozen 6 months


Reference Values

3.4-4.5 g/dL

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Test Classification and CPT Coding