A1-acid glycoprotein (AGP, orosomucoid) is an acute-phase protein such as C-reactive protein (CRP).
Elevated serum levels of A1-acid glycoprotein have been reported in acute and chronic inflammatory conditions, such as myocardial infarction, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Crohn's disease, chronic renal failure, injuries, burns, and malignancies.
Decreased serum levels of A1-acid glycoprotein can be found in malnutrition, in severe liver damage as well as in women using oral contraceptives (estrogens).
Laboratory test results are the most important parameter for the diagnosis and monitoring of all pathological conditions. 70%-80% of diagnostic decisions are based on laboratory tests. The correct interpretation of laboratory results allows a doctor to distinguish "healthy" from "diseased".
Laboratory test results should not be interpreted from the numerical result of a single analysis. Test results should be interpreted in relation to each individual case and family history, clinical findings, and the results of other laboratory tests and information. Your personal physician should explain the importance of your test results.
At Diagnostiki Athinon we answer any questions you may have about the test you perform in our laboratory and we contact your doctor to get the best possible medical care.