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Total Protein

Alternate Names : Serum Total Protein

Total Protein | Preparation & Expectations | Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Normally, protein levels in the blood serum range from around 6.0 to 8.3 grams per deciliter. These values are different in younger children.

High total protein levels may result from:

  • arthritis
  • chronic infections
  • dehydration
  • Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the lymph nodes, spleen, and bone marrow
  • leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow
  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • Low total protein levels may be due to:

  • blood loss
  • cirrhosis and other liver diseases
  • congestive heart failure, a condition in which the heart fails to pump enough blood
  • eclampsia, a serious condition causing high blood pressure in pregnant women
  • kidney disease
  • leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow
  • malabsorption, or inadequate absorption of nutrients from the intestines
  • malnutrition
  • severe burns
  • poisoning
  • prolonged, severe illness
  • shock, a condition resulting in lowered blood flow to vital organs
  • uncontrolled diabetes

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    Total Protein: Preparation & Expectations


    Author: Kimberly Tessmer, RD, LD
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 08/13/01

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