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Blood biochemistry: albumin

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Synonym(s): Alb A


Overview

  • Produced in the liver - major component of total plasma protein Blood biochemistry: total protein.
  • Relative and absolute changes in plasma levels occur with a range of disease processes.
  • More useful in combination with total protein measurement.

Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • There are various methodologies, including Colorimetric method based on binding to bromocresol green and electrophoresis (generally recommended).

Availability

  • Widely available.

Validity

  • These vary with laboratories and analysers and should be available on demand.

Specificity

  • Abnormal albumin levels are not specific of any particular condition.

Predictive value

  • Better predictive value when combined with total protein, protein electrophoresis, globulins, A/G ratio, hematocrit and liver and renal enzymes.

Technique (intrinsic) limitations

  • Only useful in conjunction with other laboratory and clinical findings.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
  • Ravich M, Johnson-Delaney C, Kelleher S et al (2015) Quantification of acute phase proteins and protein electrophoresis fractions in ferrets. J Exotic Pet Med 24 (2), 201-208 PubMed.
  • Hein J, Spreyer F, Sauter-Louis C et al (2012) Reference ranges for laboratory parameters in ferrets. Vet Rec 171, 218 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Mayer J & Donnelly T M (2013) Clinical Veterinary Advisor: Birds and Exotic Pets. Elsevier, USA. pp 752.
  • Fudge A M (1999) Laboratory Medicine. Avian and Exotic Pets. W B Saunders Co. ISBN: 0721 676 790.

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