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what does anion gap mean in a blood test

A 67-year-old male asked:
Dr. Stephen Southard
15 years experience Internal Medicine
Hard to say: Without knowing your past medical history and past testing. But from what you mention your testing suggest some element of kidney dysfunction. It's ... Read More

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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Wiernik
56 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Need exam: Your doctor needs to examine you and see if you need a further workup, including more blood tests. Its hard to interpret the test results you shared w ... Read More
Dr. Atul Singh
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Labs: None of your labs point to a issue. Your chloride is high but that can be seen. Your AG is 4 that is based in your labs and is normal. You should talk ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
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Electrolytes: Your electrolyte balance is not perfectly normal. The chloride is high, as you note, and the anion gap is low. Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) level ... Read More
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A 51-year-old female asked:
Dr. Reza Emami
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: the anion gap measures the acid base balance in your blood, the normal range is between 8 and 16, the equation is (sodium(NA+) + potassium(K+))-(cholo ... Read More
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A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Unmeasured anions: High anion gap reveals the presence of an unusual anion in high concentration. This may be something as simple as lactate ion from exercise or underpe ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Galli
27 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Not at all.: This is just a measurement of cation and anions in the blood. Basically electrolytes and acid base equilibrium. Normal anion gap is 12 or less. No wor ... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
44 years experience Pathology
Seek the cause: This can be due to any thing from exercising hard and not being fully recovered, to being in shock, to having some unmeasured anion (aspirin, drank an ... Read More
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A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
25 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Reason for concern: You have low Albumin and protein, this is not a matter that should go unexplained. You are either not producing enough Albumin or you are loosing prot ... Read More
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
See your doctor: This is never normal. See your doctor. He/she will listen to you, perform an examination, and possibly order tests to find out what's wrong.
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
49 years experience Pathology
No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ... Read More
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