What is albumin given IV for?
Albumin (human) injection is used to treat low blood volume (hypovolemia).
What is the role of albumin in sera?
Albumin functions primarily as a carrier protein for steroids, fatty acids, and thyroid hormones in the blood and plays a major role in stabilizing extracellular fluid volume by contributing to oncotic pressure (known also as colloid osmotic pressure) of plasma.
What is normal serum albumin level?
Normal Results The normal range is 3.4 to 5.4 g/dL (34 to 54 g/L). Normal value ranges may vary slightly among different laboratories. Some labs use different measurements or test different samples.
What causes low serum albumin?
The most common causes of hypoalbuminemia include: Liver disease. Heart failure. Malnutrition or a vitamin deficiency.
What does a high serum albumin level mean?
An albumin blood test checks levels of albumin in your blood. Low albumin levels might indicate a problem with your liver, kidneys or other health conditions. High albumin levels are typically the result of dehydration or severe dehydration. The test is very quick and doesn’t carry any serious risks.
What if albumin is low?
A normal albumin range is 3.4 to 5.4 g/dL. If you have a lower albumin level, you may have malnutrition. It can also mean that you have liver disease, kidney disease, or an inflammatory disease. Higher albumin levels may be caused by acute infections, burns, and stress from surgery or a heart attack.
Why is albumin low in liver disease?
The most common reason for a low albumin is chronic liver failure caused by cirrhosis. The serum albumin concentration is usually normal in chronic liver disease until cirrhosis and significant liver damage has occurred. In advanced liver disease, the serum albumin level may be less than 3.5 g/dl.
What are signs of low albumin?
People with hypoalbuminemia may experience the following symptoms:
- Weak muscle tone.
- Swelling in their feet and legs.
- Dark-colored urine and/or frequent urination.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Loss of appetite.