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:
  • Nephrotic Syndrome
  • Heart Disease
  • Cirrhosis Of The Liver
  • Ulcerative Colitis

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:
history of birth control pill use
hiccups
extreme calorie restriction
heaviness of the legs
macrocytic red cells
frequent red blood in stools
calcium supplementation
itchy skin
significant amounts of occult blood
heart attack(s) in mother
ulcerative colitis
pain in chest or left side
... 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
Heart Disease 99% Confirm
Nephrotic Syndrome 18% Unlikely
Ulcerative Colitis 4% Ruled out
Cirrhosis Of The Liver 3% 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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