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 +(1) An abnormally low [[blood]] level of [[albumin]]. Normally, albumin is the most plentiful [[protein]] in human blood and the key to the regulation of its osmotic pressure.
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 +(2) Hypoalbuminemia is a medical condition where levels of [[albumin]] in [[blood]] serum are abnormally low. It is a specific form of [[hypoproteinemia]].
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 +Albumin is a major protein in the human body, making up about 60% of total human [[plasma]] protein by mass. Many hormones, drugs, and other molecules are mostly bound to albumin in the bloodstream and must be released before becoming biologically active.
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 +Albumin is synthesized in the liver, and low serum albumin may be indicative of liver failure or diseases such as [[cirrhosis]] or chronic hepatitis. Hypoalbuminemia can also present as part of the [[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​edema_nephrotic_syndrome.htm|nephrotic syndrome]], in which protein is lost in the urine due to kidney damage. Low albumin levels can be an indicator of chronic malnutrition.
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 +Hypoalbuminemia may cause generalized edema (swelling) via a decrease in oncotic pressure.
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 +The serum albumin level is part of a standard panel of [[liver]] function tests. Levels below 3.5 grams per deciliter are generally considered low.
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 +See Also:
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_intestinal_lymphangiectasia.htm|Intestinal Lymphangiectasia]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_pulmonary_lymphangiectasia.htm|Pulmonary Lymphangiectasia]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_lymphangiectasia.htm|Lympangiectasia]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​hennekam_syndrome.htm|Hennekam Syndrome]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​lymphedema_hennekam_lymphangiect.htm|Hennekam Lymphangiectasia Syndrome]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​thesite/​pulmonary_cystic_lymphangiectasis|Pulmonary Cystic Lymphangiectasis]]
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 +[[http://​www.lymphedemapeople.com/​phpBB2/​viewforum.php?​f=19|Lymphedema People Lymphangiectasia Forum]]
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 +[[http://​health.groups.yahoo.com/​group/​allaboutlymphangiectasia/​|Lymphangiectasia Online Yahoo Support Group]]
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 +[[http://​www.xanga.com/​lymphangiectasia|Lymphangiectasia Xanga]]
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 +[[http://​lymphangiectasia.blogspot.com/​|Lymphangiectasia Blog Spot]]
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