Prealbumin is a short term indicator of protein nutritional status (especially in premature infants, cancer or surgical patients).
Prealbumin is also a negative acute phase reactant. Synthesis of prealbumin may be decreased resuting in a fall of prealbumin in serum in the following situations:
•Cirrhosis of the liver
•Potein losing gastro-enteropathies
Chilled (2 - 8 degrees Celsius)
A low serum prealbumin may indicate a failure of the hepatic synthesis of the protein, which may result from:
•protein losing gastro-enteropathies
The short half-life of prealbumin (2-2.5 days) makes it a useful inidicator for monitoring nutritional status, especially when parenteral nutrition is being administered.
Prealbumin is not affected by hydration status.
0.2 – 0.3 g/L
Nephelometric immunoassay on Siemens BNII.
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