What is the prognostic significance of a finding of hypoalbuminemia?

Updated: Sep 11, 2020
  • Author: Ruben Peralta, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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Serum albumin level is an important prognostic indicator. Among hospitalized patients, lower serum albumin levels correlate with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality.

The presentation, physical examination findings, and laboratory results associated with hypoalbuminemia depending on the underlying disease process.


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