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26 ALBUMIN




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This article is from the Interpretation Of Lab Test Profiles, by Ed Uthman uthman@neosoft.com with numerous contributions by others.

26 ALBUMIN

Increased absolute serum albumin content is not seen as a
natural condition. Relative increase may occur in
hemoconcentration. Absolute increase may occur artificially by
infusion of hyperoncotic albumin suspensions.

Decreased serum albumin is seen in states of decreased
synthesis (malnutrition, malabsorption, liver disease, and other
chronic diseases), increased loss (nephrotic syndrome, many GI
conditions, thermal burns, etc.), and increased catabolism
(thyrotoxicosis, cancer chemotherapy, Cushing's disease,
familial hypoproteinemia).

 

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