Can urinary tract infections cause low blood protein levels?

Patient : Can urinary tract infections cause low blood protein levels? I have been told my protein levels are low but may have had urinary tract infection at the time
Doctor :   Hello, Thank you for your query at AskTheDoctor.com I understand your concern. In long standing UTIs or kidney infe ctions, protein can be excreted in the urine, in the form of micro albumin. If a significant amount of protein is lost, it does reduce the blood protein levels, thereby altering the albumin/globulin ratio. However, the common causes of low protein in the blood are liver diseases such as hepatitis, kidney infections, malnutrition, malabsorption syndromes, Type 2 DM, etc So, a detailed evaluation is required to find out the exact cause. Hope this was helpful, Regards

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