Serum is one of the components of our blood; it is not a blood cell and it doesn’t help blood clotting as well. It is a kind of blood plasma which does not contain the fibrinogens. It includes proteins, antibodies, electrolytes, hormones, antigens and different exogenous substances like drugs or microorganisms etc.
Many different illness or disorders in the human body related to the kidney, liver, thyroid gland, skin, heart, blood flow and even certain allergic reactions are dependent on different components of blood serum. Depending on the disease or disorder that the patient is suffering from, doctors may advice tests to measure the quantity of different components of the serum. These tests or measurements are called serum measurements.
Where is it conducted?
Most clinics or laboratories are equipped with instruments to conduct this test.
How is the test conducted?
When the doctor prescribes such a test, you can approach any clinic and they will take certain amount of blood from you and then conduct the test on the same. The blood is collected through a needle with the help of a syringe. The same blood is then sent for the serum measurement test.
How long does the test take?
The duration of the test depends on the clinic and the method they use for the test. In normal circumstances, it will not take more than 24 hours to obtain the result.
What is the next step?
Based on the result of the test, the doctor will determine if any component of the serum is in excessive quantity or there is a deficiency of the component in the serum. Depending on the result, the doctor will then decide the course of treatment which will include different drugs and medications which the patient will need to take. These medicines will help in curing the disease, the patient is suffering from.