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Albumin is a protein that is produced in the liver and released
into the blood. It helps prevent blood from leaking out of blood vessels,
carries medicines and other substances through the blood, and is important
for tissue growth and healing.
When albumin levels drop, fluid may collect in the ankles (pedal
edema), lungs (pulmonary edema), or abdomen (ascites). Many things can cause low albumin levels. The most common causes include liver disease, a poor diet (malnutrition), severe burns, kidney disease,
gastrointestinal malabsorption syndromes, Hodgkin's lymphoma, diabetes,
hyperthyroidism, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, or heart failure.
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Michael Mallea, MD - Nephrology
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