Usually a part of a regular medical check-up, total protein is a test undertaken to check two proteins i.e. the albumin and globulin. This test can also be issued if one has symptoms like weight loss, fatigue, or any sign of kidney or liver disease. Blood is drawn to be analyzed in a lab.
The test process is done with a lab technician drawing out blood from a vein in one’s arm or the back of the hand. After cleaning the area with an antiseptic wipe, the technician wraps a band around the hand in order to create pressure in the area where the needle will then be inserted. Blood is collected in a tube attached to the needle after which the band and needle are taken out. Pressure on the puncture site is added to stop any bleeding.
Although risks from a blood test are usually minimal, one may experience moderate pain or discomfort from the same. In some cases one may experience excessive bleeding, fainting or feeling light-headed, or/and a hematoma which occurs when blood gathers around your skin.
Reports are deemed normal when the protein range is between 6-8.3 grams per decilitre (g/dL). The range may vary on factors such as age, gender, population, and testing method. The range may also vary from lab to lab.