Your Albumin Levels

What Causes Abnormal Albumin Levels?

Abnormal albumin levels can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'needs attention' to 'critical'.  Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.

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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms.  In order to diagnose abnormal albumin levels, we could:

  • Research the topic
  • Find a doctor with the time
  • Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.

Step 1: List all Possible Causes

We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal albumin levels" as a symptom.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Heart Disease
  • Nephrotic Syndrome

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
suspected liver cirrhosis
macrocytic red cells
brittle fingernails
very angry/hostile disposition
non-specific arm pain
severe epigastric pain
chronic nausea
frequent painful urge to defecate
heart attack(s) in father
high LDL cholesterol level
heaviness of the legs
occasional unexplained fevers
... and more than 70 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal albumin levels:
Cause Probability Status
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 97% Confirm
Ulcerative Colitis 29% Unlikely
Nephrotic Syndrome 0% Ruled out
Heart Disease 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate having had recent lab tests, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Albumin. Unit: g/dL [g/L]
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ Under 3.8 [38] (very low)
→ 3.8 to 4.2 [38-42] (low)
→ 4.3 to 5.0 [43-50] (normal)
→ Over 5.0 [50] (high)
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate hypoalbuminemia, normal albumin levels or hyperalbuminemia, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Coronary Disease / Heart Attack

Hypoalbuminemia can be caused by certain heart conditions such as congestive heart failure or pericarditis that lead to low albumin levels in the blood.

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