Albumin is the most abundant plasma protein and is primarily synthesized in the liver, which produces approximately 15 g/day in an average 70-kg adult. Therefore measurement of albumin could provide an estimate of hepatic synthetic function. Unfortunately, alterations in serum albumin are determined by a variety of factors other than hepatic synthesis. As well as decreased synthesis in liver disease, malnutrition, malabsorption, and malignancy, there are increased losses in protein-losing enteropathies, the nephrotic syndrome, and increased vascular permeability. Sepsis and hypercatabolic states lead to increased breakdown, and changes in plasma volume due to disease or overhydration will cause a fall in serum level.

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