Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
Test Code: PALB
Clinical Information:
Prealbumin is synthesized in the liver and functions as a binding protein for the transport of thyroxine and retinol-binding protein. Prealbumin levels are significantly decreased in malnutrition so it is useful in the assessment of nutritional status and monitoring of parenteral nutrition.
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:

Plasma: 2.0 mL

Stability 6 months refrigerated, 1 year frozen
Serum: 2.0 mL

Samples must be transferred to an aliquot tube and stored frozen if analysis will not be complete within 48 hours (#110-10-05 Serum / Plasma Separation Procedure & Transport)
Reference Values:
0 - 16 y: 0.10-0.25 g/L                                                      
≥ 17 y: 0.17-0.42
(g/L x 0.1 = g/dL)
Stat or Routine
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