The liver is responsible for producing a variety of proteins found in plasma. When a person suffers from liver failure, a common symptom is edema (swelling) of the tissues. Why does this occur?

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    The person is making smaller proteins that diffuse into the tissues. Water then follows these proteins into the tissues.
    The person is making fewer plasma proteins, but the few that remain are diffusing into the tissues. Water then follows these proteins into the tissues.
    The liver is making fewer plasma proteins and a weak osmotic gradient is produced. Water that has entered the tissue begins to accumulate there.
    The liver is overproducing plasma protein. The excess protein displaces water and forces it into the tissues.

asked May 30, 2013 in Biology by anonymous
    

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The liver is making fewer plasma proteins and a weak osmotic gradient is produced. Water that has entered the tissue begins to accumulate there.
answered May 31, 2013 by Bioshare ~Top Expert~ (34,070 points)

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