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
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Heart Disease

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:
hiccups
frequent infections
long-term hypertension
tonsils/adenoids out before age 20
red palms/fingertips
severe abdominal pain
edema of the knees
apple-shaped body when overweight
heaviness of the legs
excessive flatulence
confirmed liver cirrhosis
past vaccinations
... 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
Ulcerative Colitis 90% Confirm
Heart Disease 14% Unlikely
Nephrotic Syndrome 0% Ruled out
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 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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