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what does a high carbon dioxide level mean

A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
33 years experience Pediatrics
Numbers are numbers: Numbers are just numbers, so the significance of them must be looked at in the context of a patient's real-life situation. The first thing a doctor co ... Read More

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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gebrehana Zebro (formerly Woldegiorgis)
32 years experience Internal Medicine
The reverse.: I believe you got the information the wrong way . It is possible you can have near normal oxygen and high carbon dioxide . This happen due to hypovent ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Burger
36 years experience Pulmonology
CO2 and COPD: Generally, only elevated carbon dioxide (co2), which is a level over 40, has importance in COPD as it indicates severe disease.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
32 years experience Psychiatry
CO2: Can affect decision-making ability.
A 30-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Inhalers & steroids: This situation typically occurs with advancing COPD or with an acute bout of respiratory failure. If the problem is related to copd, the bipap is a te ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
59 years experience Internal Medicine
Lung problem: Sounds like "INTERSTITIAL" Lung Disease....a blockage in the mebranes where air is exchanged! A chest x ray and more testing is necessary! Hope this ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Olivia Liao
31 years experience Ophthalmology
Ask the ordering doc: Since there is not enough information presented here to answer accurately.
A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Atul Singh
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
High bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) : Simple answers yes. The high bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is usually due to another process and either the kidney or the ling change the levels. W ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Milton Alvis, jr
41 years experience Preventive Medicine
Depends on Basis: Co2 in water is carbonic acid & is rapidly changed, under CNS control, so as to adjust blood ph. If we ventilate (breath) faster with less activity, c ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Yong Wen
Dr. Yong Wen answered
21 years experience Internal Medicine
Co2 level low: This means acidosis. 18 is not too low. It could mean kidney problem or hyperventilation. You should see a kidney doctor for a more complete evaluatio ... Read More

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