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Total protein

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry


  • Gel/clotted/lithium heparin (yellow/red/green top)

Add-on requests are accepted


Turnaround Time:

Within 24 hours


Investigation of liver/kidney dysfunction; or investigation of oedema

Elevated levels are indicative of dehydration, or malignancy resulting in accumulation of an abnormal protein.

Total protein concentration may also be increased by prolonged tourniquet use during venesection

Reference ranges:

Age range Reference ranges (g/L)
All ages/sexes 60 - 80

Derived from Pathology Harmony 2011

Results outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate disease. Similarly, results within the reference range do not preclude abnormality. Please contact the Duty Biochemist for discussion of individual patient results

Other Comments:

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See also: Immunoglobulins, Protein electrophoresis