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Tests Included in a Basic Test Panel

Tests Included in a Basic Test Panel

Test

What the Results may Mean

Total Protein

Increases due to dehydration or inflammation; may decrease due to bleeding, malnutrition, or congestive heart failure

Albumin

Increases due to dehydration; may decrease due to bleeding, congestive heart failure, or liver failure

Globulin

Increases due to dehydration or inflammation present with some longterm infectious diseases

Urea

Increases due to decreased circulating blood volume, kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding; decreases are usually due to liver failure

Creatinine

Increases may be due to kidney disorders, blocked urethra, or a ruptured bladder

Glucose

Increases may be caused by diabetes or short-term stress; decreases may be found in cases of endocrine diseases or malnutrition

ALT and ALP

Increases in these enzymes may indicate liver damage, muscle damage, or increased thyroid gland activity