What is the role of imaging studies in the evaluation 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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Imaging studies can be performed for the following:

  • Liver ultrasound for evidence of cirrhosis

  • Small bowel barium series for mucosal abnormalities typical of malabsorption syndromes

  • Imaging studies as appropriate to seek infectious causes of inflammation and hypoalbuminemia (eg, chest radiography)

  • Echocardiogram for congestive heart failure


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