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Albumin is the most abundant protein in the blood plasma. It keeps fluid from leaking out of blood vessels and nourishes tissues. It helps in keeping water in blood vessels and transport substances like harmones, vitamins, drugs, ions like calcium throughout the body. Albumin is made in the liver and is extremely sensitive to liver damage. The concentration of albumin drops when the liver is damaged, or with kidney disease (nephrotic syndrome), or when a person is malnourished, or if a person experiences inflammation in the body, or with shock. Decreased albumin levels can be associated with malnutrition, liver disease, and kidney disease. Albumin level increases when a person is dehydrated.
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