A doctor needed to administer 5% albumin to a patient. Albumin is normally administered dissolved in 0.9% saline solution. Since the physician did not have any 5% albumin solution, he diluted 25% albumin with water and administered this to the patient. Describe what you think happened to the blood cells of the patient as a result?
So this is what I think:
If the doctor dilutes the 25% albumin, that will make the solution have a lower concentration of solute, creating a hypotonic solution. Therefore the water will move into the cells, causing them to swell, lyse or burst.
Is this correct?