Prealbumin Test

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Also known as: Transthyretin; tryptophan-rich prealbumin; thyroxine-binding prealbumin
Related tests: Albumin, Transferrin

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help assess patients with malnutrition and to monitor patients receiving nutrition support

When to Get Tested?

If your doctor suspects you are malnourished because of poor diet, HIV, or an eating disorder; if you are about to be admitted to the hospital for surgery; if are hospitalised with certain diseases; or if you are having parenteral nutrition or kidney dialysis

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm

Test Preparation Needed?