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This test uses a turbidimeter to measure increased absorbance due to the result of particle complexes formed during the antigen-antibody reaction.

Test Utility

Prealbumin levels may be decreased in cases of inflammation, malignancy, cirrhosis and diseases affecting the liver and kidneys. Prealbumin levels may increase in diseases such as Hodgkins lymphoma.

Specimen Collection and Preparation

Fasting serum in the following tubes:

  • Serum separator tube (gold or tiger top)

Specimen Storage and Stability

Store serum or plasma at the following temperatures:

  • Room Temperature: Not indicated

  • Refrigerated: 2°C to 8°C for up to 7 days

  • Frozen: -20°C or lower up to 2 months

Specimen Rejection

  • Insufficient sample volume

  • Sample not stored at proper temperature

  • Frozen whole blood

  • Severely hemolyzed samples

  • Severely lipemic specimens

  • Specimen labeled incorrectly or not labeled

Reference Pages


Monday – Saturday

Result available within 24 hours of receipt in laboratory

NOTE: Specimens are refrigerated (2-8°) for 7 days before disposal


Vibra Health Laboratory

1307- A, Allen Dr

Troy, MI 48083

(248) 846-0663

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