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Chronic alcoholism damages the liver. In people who have alcohol-induced liver damage, the blood concentration of albumin can be unusually low. Explain why a low concentration of blood albumin can cause edema, a condition in which excess fluid accumulates in body tissues.

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To explain: Why a low concentration of blood albumin can cause edema.

Concept introduction: Liver is one of the cardinal organs in the human body. It is mainly involved in fat metabolism. Other than fat metabolism, there are several major functions associated with liver cells such as the production of albumin, a protein seen in the blood plasma is one among them. Excessive use of alcohol will seriously affect the normal functioning of liver. If it does not produce albumin in an enough quantity, it will lead to edema, a condition, which is characterized by the excess fluid accumulation in the body tissues.

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The medical condition in which albumin level in the blood reduced to a very dangerous rate is known as hypoalbuminemia or edema. Edema is a condition of excess fluid accumulation in the body tissues. The main function associated with albumin protein is to maintain a normal osmotic pressure inside the blood. Any reduction in the normal count of albumin will seriously affect this maintenance...

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