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Test Code ALB Albumin Level

Clinical System Name

Albumin Level


Increased serum albumin may indicate dehydration or hyperinfusion with albumin; a decrease is found in rapid hydration/overhydration, severe malnutrition and malabsorption, severe diffuse liver necrosis, chronic active hepatitis, and neoplasia. Albumin is commonly reduced in chronic alcoholism, pregnancy, renal protein loss, thyroid dysfunction, peptic ulcer disease, and chronic inflammatory diseases.

Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Gold SST, Dark Green/Sodium Heparin, Red, Gold Microtainer, Lt. Green/Li Heparin Microtainer

Preferred Vol: 1.0 mL

Minimum Vol: 0.5 mL


Note: Test is not affected by Na or Li Heparin, hemoglobin up to 500 mg/dL (slt - mod hemolysis), lipemia or bilirubin - up to 20 mg/dL (mod icteric).


Processing Instructions

Reject due to: Age of Specimen

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2-8oC

Storage location: Core 5 Chemistry Refrigerator


Off-site collection: Spin blood to separate serum from cells. Refrigerate serum or plasma at 2-8oC.



Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum or Plasma RT

7 D

Serum or Plasma 2-8oC

 30 D

Serum or Plasma -20oC or -70oC

365 D



STAT Performed TAT
Y 24/7 1 H


Performing Laboratory

Seattle Children's Laboratory    


Department:  Core Chemistry

Phone Number: 206-987-2617

Reference Range


 Age G/dL
0 - 1 Y 2.9 - 5.5
> 1 Y 3.8 - 5.4



Method: Colorimetric method by Vitros 4600

Analytical Volume: 0.02 mL + 0.03 mL dead space

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