Posts Tagged ‘albumin’

What is Albumin?

What is Albumin? Albumin is a protein manufactured by the liver. What does albumin do? Albumin performs many functions including maintaining the “osmotic pressure” that causes fluid to remain within the blood stream instead of leaking out into the tissues. What causes albumin to be low? Liver disease, kidney disease, and malnutrition are the major…

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Exams and Tests

Exams and Tests Cirrhosis is a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs when inflammation and scarring damage the liver. A physical examination and medical history will be done first to assess symptoms of liver disease, to see whether liver disease is severe enough to cause signs of cirrhosis, and to help determine possible causes of liver…

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Is there still a need for albumin infusions to treat patients with liver disease?

Albumin Infusions The course of patients with cirrhosis is frequently complicated by derangement of body fluid homeostasis which results in accumulation of large amounts of extracellular fluid in the peritoneal cavity and interstitial tissue. Investigations performed in the 1940s proposed that the formation of ascites and oedema was related to an imbalance in Starling’s equilibrium…

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Hypoalbuminemia (Low Albumin)

Hypoalbuminemia (Low Albumin) This short paper confirms absolutely what I have been saying for the last six months now that protein will cure ascites. Unfortunately for many sufferers, their doctors are living somewhere in the past……. Albumin is produced by the liver and controls our fluid level. A shortage of albumin means that fluid leaks…

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Albumin, Protein and Ascites

Albumin, Protein and Ascites I am often guilty of posting information, especially on this site which I post ‘cos it looks interesting but never really go back and study it in any detail. Every so often a question pops up in my mind (yes it is strange) to make me go back and re-look at…

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