Total Protein and A/G Ratio Blood Test

The total protein and A/G ratio blood test is a medical test used to measure the levels of total protein and albumin to globulin ratio (A/G ratio) in the blood. Total protein refers to the total amount of protein in the blood, while the A/G ratio compares the levels of two types of proteins: albumin and globulin.

Albumin is a protein produced by the liver that helps maintain fluid balance in the body and transport hormones and other substances through the bloodstream. Globulins are a group of proteins that include antibodies, enzymes, and other substances that help to fight infection and support various body functions.

The total protein and A/G ratio blood test is primarily used to assess liver function, nutritional status, and immune system function. Abnormal levels of total protein and A/G ratio in the blood can be a sign of liver disease, malnutrition, inflammation, or other medical conditions.

The total protein and A/G ratio blood test is a simple blood test that can be done in a healthcare provider’s office or at a laboratory. The test involves taking a small sample of blood from a vein in the arm and analyzing it for the levels of total protein and A/G ratio.

Normal levels of total protein in the blood vary depending on age, gender, and other factors, but generally fall between 6.0 and 8.0 grams per deciliter (g/dL). Normal levels of A/G ratio fall between 1.0 and 2.5, with higher values indicating more albumin in the blood and lower values indicating more globulin.

Abnormal levels of total protein and A/G ratio in the blood may indicate a variety of medical conditions, including liver disease, kidney disease, malnutrition, inflammation, and autoimmune disorders. Additional tests may be necessary to confirm a diagnosis or monitor the progression of a condition.

It is important to note that the total protein and A/G ratio blood test may be affected by certain medications and medical conditions. Your healthcare provider will interpret the results of your total protein and A/G ratio blood test in the context of your individual health status and medical history.

This page is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute the provision of medical advice or professional services. The information provided should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease, and those seeking personal medical advice regarding any of the tests and conditions referenced above are advised to consult with a licensed clinician. Always seek the advice of your qualified health provider regarding a medical condition and do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information on this page. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call 911 or go to the nearest urgent care center or hospital.


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