Low Albumin

Low albumin means a deficit of albumin in the blood and is more often seen in elderly patients. It is also known as hypoalbuminemia. Low serum albumin levels occur due to poor nutrition, tuberculosis, hepatitis, cancer conditions such as sarcoma or amyloidosis, and heart conditions like congestive heart failure or pericarditis.

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What can be the reason for my low albumin levels?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an SPEP test, liver function tests, and kidney tests done. All the reports were normal except my albumin level which was slightly below normal. Is this a concern? It is 34. Can it be caused by my current medications? I take oral contraceptives, spironolactone, Prozac, and antihis...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. Albumin is synthesized in the liver and the presence of normal liver function tests clearly indicates that everything is normal. I would also like to clarify that the lower limit of albumin is 35 gram per liter and the pr...  Read Full »

Are the fluctuation in albumin and globulin values the cause for my black stools?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 45-year-old male. My height is 5'5", and my weight is 75 kg. I have been passing black stool for several days. I consulted a doctor, and he did some blood investigations. It showed fluctuations in my serum aluminum and serum globulin values. What should I do now?Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from the passing of black stool. I saw the reports that you have sent (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity). Passing of black stool is not a...  Read Full »

Can a low anion gap be caused due to a false positive result?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 31-year-old female. I am currently taking 900 mg daily of Oxcarbazepine; I need help deciphering laboratory results. A few results were either low or high creatinine- 0.526, CL-108, and anion gap-2. Lymphocytes were also 45.5, even though my WBC was 7.7.  Read Full »


Dr. Zubayeralam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have recently have done some blood tests, and the results have shown serum creatinine is slightly below the normal level, and Cl is somewhat above normal. Your total white blood cells ...  Read Full »

Does normal diet cause edema in a liver cirrhosis patient?

Query: Hi doctor, The patient is suffering from liver cirrhosis. Will the liver remain enlarged? Or do come back to its normal size after some time? Does having a normal diet develop edema?  Read Full »


Dr. Naresh Kumar Monigari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I had gone through the details posted. Edema in cirrhosis patients is mainly due to low oncotic pressure in blood vessels because of low albumin. Cirrhosis compromise the synthetic function of the liver and so albumin production gets decreased. It is the albumin, which...  Read Full »

Kindly guide us with the treatment for my mom's liver disease.

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is 70 years old. She has chronic liver disease, cirrhosis, portal hypertension and ascites. Her creatinine is 3. She also has type 2 diabetes. We were informed by her doctor that her liver is not producing albumin and her bilirubin level is very high. Please guide us.  Read Full »


Dr. Ankur Jindal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your mom's profile suggests very advanced stage of liver disease (attachment removed to protect patient identity). She has advanced cirrhosis of liver, which is complicated by the formation of portal hypertension and fluid abdomen. The presence of kidney injury adds to th...  Read Full »

Serum albumin level is low in multiple myeloma patient. Is it alarming?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother is a multiple myeloma patient. First relapse 10 months ago. Now her serum albumin is 27 which is low. Is it alarming? She is physically fit and can work sometimes, but fatigue. Her upper side legs are getting a bit fat. She is having Lenalid now. I would appreciate your sugg...  Read Full »


Dr. Parth R Goswami

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your serum albumin level is low according to the mentioned history. So, it can be considered alarming. If serum albumin is less then 3.5 gm/dl, then it can be a stage 2 category of multiple myeloma according to the international staging system. Prognosis is intermedi...  Read Full »

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