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This test measures the levels of albumin in the blood. Albumin is an important blood protein that is made by the liver and excreted by the kidneys.

This test is normally performed to assist in diagnosing diseases that affect proteins in the body. It may be used to diagnose, evaluate and monitor the disease course in a person with cancer, intestinal or renal problems, liver disease, and immune disorders.

The normal amount of albumin in the blood ranges from 3.4 to 5.4 grams per deciliter (gm/dl).

Abnormally low concentrations of albumin in the blood may indicate:

  • ascites, an accumulation of fluid in the abdominal and pelvic cavity

  • extensive burns

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • malabsorption

  • syndromes such as Crohn's disease, sprue, or Whipple's disease

  • malnutrition




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