What is Serum Albumin?
It is frequently ordered as a part of routine physical examination, when your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of liver or kidney disease; sometimes when you have symptoms associated with malnutrition. Frequently, it is ordered prior to any planned surgery to check the nutritional status.
Interpreting Serum Albumin results
- Decreased albumin levels can be seen in low protein diet, liver disease, weight loss sugery, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease
- Increased albumin levels may be seen in high protein diet, dehydration or blood loss