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Doctor insights on: Low Blood Albumin Levels Causes

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If my blood albumin were once 4.1 and another time were 5.8, does this mean that I have 35% or so plasma water reduction?

If my blood albumin were once 4.1 and another time were 5.8, does this mean that I have 35% or so plasma water reduction?

Not necessarily: I would question the 5.8 value, 4.1 is normal. I only suspect that the 5.8 value was a lab error. Next check should answer the question. ...Read more

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Albumin (Definition)

Albumins are proteins which dissolve in water and are not covered with chains of sugars. The most common is serum albumin. These molecules transport other molecules which don't dissolve in water very well. But its main function is to regulate the amount of water in the blood. Another type of Albumin is the ...Read more


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Can stress (cortisol) or excessive worrying make blood albumin to raise a little?

Can stress (cortisol) or excessive worrying make blood albumin to raise a little?

Very unlikely: Your cortisol doesn't increase that much with just worrying. It's not the cause. ...Read more

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What does high Blood Albumin indicate? What would you think of a 5.8 blood albumin? Severe dehydration? Long-term consequences for weeks at this #?

What does high Blood Albumin indicate? What would you think of a 5.8 blood albumin? Severe dehydration? Long-term consequences for weeks at this #?

Likely dehydration: There are few pathological conditions that result in high serum albumin, except dehydration. Drink enough water so that your urine is clear, colorless and odorless, i.e., watery before repeating the test. If you had injection of contrast medium before the test, that may result in a spurious high reading of albumin. ...Read more

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What blood albumin number would indicate severe dehydration? (on a lab where 3.5-5 was the normal range)

What blood albumin number would indicate severe dehydration? (on a lab where 3.5-5 was the normal range)

It doesn't: Albumin is a blood protein. It does not detect dehydration. Clinical signs of dehydration are dry mucous membranes, low blood pressure, rapid, thready (hard to feel) pulse. BUN and creatinine blood values may be helpful. Albumin can be low with poor nutrition, malabsorption, or certain types of kidney disease. ...Read more

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Hi I currently suffering from severe anxiety waiting on an appointment with a therapist. My bloods are serum albumin 53 serum urea 2.4 is thus ok?

Hi I currently suffering from severe anxiety waiting on an appointment with a therapist. My bloods are serum albumin 53 serum urea 2.4 is thus ok?

Normal values: Albumin: The normal range is Albumin 35 – 50 g/L 3.5 – 5.0 g/dL

BUN: Blood Urea Nitrogen normal range
2.5 – 8.0 mmol/L 7– 22 mg/dL

I am not sure what either of these labs has to do with anxiety issues. If you are anxious about the lab values, they are essentially normal. ...Read more

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My bloods show low calcium.... Is 2.17 mmol/l. - adjusted for albumin 2.24 mmol/l severely low or just low? Can that low level cause seizures etc?

My bloods show low calcium.... Is 2.17 mmol/l. - adjusted for albumin 2.24 mmol/l severely low or just low? Can that low level cause seizures etc?

Low limit of normal: Your calcium is at the lower limit of normal. At this level it not likley to cause any symptoms. You may wish to increase your intake of milk to ensure enough calcium and protein in your diet. See this site for more info.

http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/books/nbk250. ...Read more

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I just had some lab work done. What would cause a low serum albumin level, high alpha 1 and 2 and high c-reactive protein and low vit d?

I just had some lab work done. What would cause a low serum albumin level, high alpha 1 and 2 and high c-reactive protein and low vit d?

Likely inflammation: Generally, decreased Albumin and increased globulins are seen in inflammatory conditions, acute or chronic. The fever ; high CRP also support this. Of note, other conditions may cause this including cancer, but still, the most likely explanation is infection/inflammation. A low vitamin d level may be caused by inadequate intake, no sun exposure, absorbtion problem, kidney disease, obesity. ...Read more

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What shall we do if there is a low level of albumin in blood count (1.4) body has been swollen up. Please advise. Regards, chetan lobo.

What shall we do if there is a low level of albumin in blood count (1.4) body has been swollen up. Please advise. Regards, chetan lobo.

Low albumin could be: A sign of serious condition including kidney and liver failure, malnutrition, severe blood infection, burns etc. Treating the illness may improve the condition. Albumin transfusion is only a palliative approach to raising the Albumin level. Hopefully all goes well with you. God bless you! Http://www. Medicalhealthtests. Com/blog/blood-tests/blood-test-albumin. Htm. ...Read more

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What could cause a neg anion gap on blood test w low albumin and low tot protein? Seen it on blood work over the past year. Have ruq pain no diagnosis

Reason for concern: You have low Albumin and protein, this is not a matter that should go unexplained. You are either not producing enough Albumin or you are loosing proteins too fast. You should have a diagnosis, you doctor should figure it out. ...Read more

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What causes high glucose serum, calcium serum, albumin serum, total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol calc, vitamin b12, but low sed rate westergren?

Means nothing alone: As a pathologist who's devoted a lifetime to lab medicine, my teammates and I are always reminding people that lab results mean nothing whatever in the absence of a history & physical exam. Please don't take this the wrong way, and I appreciate your proactive approach to health. But no one can do anything with this. Ask instead, "could high Albumin out-of-range be from dehydration? " etc. ...Read more

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Could eating lots of egg whites daily increase your levels of albumin in your blood?

Yes: Albumin is a type of protein and eating any protein will increase the Albumin levels but it may take months to get there. ...Read more

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I just had a recent blood test and it showed that my calcium was 10.7 and my albumin level was 5.4. Should I look more at the adjusted level or 10.7?

Ionized calcium: It can be cross checked with an ionized calcium. The high albumin can raise the calcium since calcium binds albumin. You can discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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Hi, blood test results back and my globulin levels are 37g/l and believe this is above range- what can it mean? My albumin levels are 38g/l

Hi, blood test results back and my globulin levels are 37g/l and believe this is above range- what can it mean? My albumin levels are 38g/l

Insufficient info: There are many components in the fraction called globulin and you need serum protein electrophoresis and may be immunofixation to resolve the identity of the protein that is increased. ...Read more

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My husband just got blood test results back and he is a tiny bit low in protein something to do with albumin what can he do to increase it to what it?

FU with doctor: A low Albumin is not specific. It could be related to a wide range of illnesses or it could be transient and meaningless. Albumin is produced in the liver and can be low in cases of malnutrition, liver disease, kidney disease and other. Your best option to follow up with his physician. He has the whole picture. All the best! ...Read more

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Had routine blood work recently done, all came back normal expect for my calcium levels slightly high -10.5, Protein 8.3, Albumin 5.2. I'm female.?

High calcium: Levels may mean that you are slightly dehydrated, or it may be real. Your albumin is normal so it is not a factor in falsely low calcium levels. At 10.5 it may be a normal variant (reference range 10.4). I would have it checked again in 1 month to be sure. ...Read more

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I had blood work done. My albumin level was just a little high. Also my albumin/globulin ratio was just a little high. Is that normal?

Normal: Slightly elevated Albumin level is not considered abnormal. Labs are best interpreted in the context of signs/symptoms. ...Read more

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24hr urine (5000mL) creatinine, protein, and albumin results are high - about double the max normal, but blood is normal. What would cause this?

24hr urine (5000mL) creatinine, protein, and albumin results are high - about double the max normal, but blood is normal. What would cause this?

Proteinuria: With certain kidney pathology there can be heavy amounts of protein lost in the urine due to glomerular pathology but the rest of the kidney function can be good enough so that blood tests for kidney function are still normal. A nephrologist can better explain your status after evaluating you and all your pertinent test results. ...Read more

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Dr. Said my blood work was fine but globulin was high at4.4 (norm 2.0-4.0)A/G ratio was low at. 9 (norm 1.0-2.4)Total protein and albumin normal. This ok?

Repeat the test.: Your albumin/globulin ratio will be low with a normal albumin and high globulin, since it is simple a ratio of tests. Higher globulin may mean a chronic inflammatory or infectious disease or condition, leukemia or other bone marrow disease, an autoimmune disease such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis, liver or kidney disease. In your case, the globulin may be elevated due to a past cold or virus. ...Read more

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My microalbumin level was 18. My blood tests show no risk of diabetes. I have hbp and am taking meds. Can albumin level be reversed?

My microalbumin level was 18. My blood tests show no risk of diabetes. I have hbp and am taking meds. Can albumin level be reversed?

See below: Microalbumin is the presence of small amounts of Albumin in the urine.
Generally the amount of Albumin in the urine is less than 30 mg/day or 20 mcg/ min and needs to be repeated atleast 3 times in a early morning urine specimen to see if it is persistant, or was temporary.
Can occur with diabetes or other diseases affecting the kidney, high bp, exercise, fever etc. ...Read more

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I'm healthy, and not over weight. I have micro albumin levels 37.7 in urine. BUN in blood is 15. Do I have kidney damage? Can this be reversed?

I'm healthy, and not over weight. I have micro albumin levels 37.7 in urine. BUN in blood is 15. Do I have kidney damage? Can this be reversed?

Microalbumin: Although an elevated microalbulin levels can be a sign of early kidney problems, in the absence of diabetes or cardiovscular disease, a single measurement with minimally elevated level is more often a 'false positive" and can be caused by fever or even exercise. Have it checked again before you start to worry. ...Read more

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Latest Blood Lab Result: (Low) Protein, Total, Serum: 5.7 G/DL Albumin, Serum: 4.1 G/DL Globulin, Total: 1.6 G/DL (High) A/g RATIO 2.6 -concerns?

No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your lab results do not point to any cause for concern. ...Read more

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Lethargic after 21 days of stress. Blood revealed low low eosinophils at 14. Range is 15-500- albumin 5.3 and I drink plenty of water. What's wrong?

Lethargic after 21 days of stress. Blood revealed low low eosinophils at 14. Range is 15-500- albumin 5.3 and I drink plenty of water. What's wrong?

Lethargy: Not clear from results you mention what could be cause of your tiredness. The eosinophil and blood Albumin levels are okay. What other tests were done? Drinking too much water can lower sodium and cause weakness. Excessive thirst can also be sign of several conditions that can cause tiredness. Was your sleep disturbed b/o stress? That could contribute. Best to follow-up with your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm a 40+ yr. Type 1 diabetic. Just had blood work w/ albumin 21 and microalbumin 918. HA1C so-so and low blood pressure. Why such a high #?

Diabetes: If DM is not well controlled, could cause kidney to dump the protein in the urine, protein is toxic to the kidney, normal ppl have near zero protein in urine. As the amount of protein increases in the urine the level of protein (Albumin) would decrease because your liver cannot keep up. Get your Diabetes under control, also you might be a candidate for ACE/ARB treatment if your Creat allows that. ...Read more

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I had acute pancreatitis in 2011, the pain never got better. Now I've got high blood sugar, chest pain, rest hr 120-140, low albumin and so fatigued.

I had acute pancreatitis in 2011, the pain never got better. Now I've got high blood sugar, chest pain, rest hr 120-140, low albumin and so fatigued.

Chronic pancreatitis: You may have chronic pancreatitis with pancreatic insufficiency and poor absorption. Consultation with a gastroenterologist can investigate this further. ...Read more