Ask GoodHealth.com What does elevated protein in a blood test mean?
by Raju Kurunthottical, MD

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Answer

Serum protein may be elevated in the following conditions:

* Chronic infections
* Hemolysis

* Dehydration
* Monoclonal Gammopathies: Multiple Myeloma or Macroglobinemia Sarcoidosis Hypersensitivity States Auto-immune disorders (Lupus, Scleroderma)

When serum protein is measured, it is the sum of the circulating proteins.
The significance of total serum protein is difficult to interpret without the knowledge on individual fractions of albumin and globulins. These are usually obtained by serum electrophoresis.


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