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what does low co2 mean in a blood test

A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Carbon dioxide...: In copd, if you are unable to effectively breathe, your carbon dioxide level would be high. If your oxygen level is low, one compensation is to increa ... Read More

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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Low CO2...: COPD is a chronic lung disease. If your carbon dioxide level is low, it means you are breathing deeper and/or faster and you are "blowing off" your ca ... Read More
A 55-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
How elevated?: 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
A 44-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
A little low: The carbon dioxide means nothing but your absolute lymphocyte count might be of interest if you have any other signs of illness. It's a number that fl ... Read More
A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Normal: 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
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Lab results: The lab results you mention, low creatinine high and egfr is low are consistent with a person with chronic kidney disease. The co2 in chronic kidney d ... Read More
A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Not a problem: The CO2 you're referring to (in a venous blood sample) is actually a measurement of "carbon dioxide combining power" and not carbon dioxide. It indica ... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Patrick Kohlitz
10 years experience Internal Medicine
Bicarb: Phillip, interpreting blood tests is always trick and can only be done while accounting for a multitude of factors. Co2 level as reported on basic me ... Read More
A 62-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bahman Omrani
16 years experience Pain Management
Depends on the cause: A number is just that, a number. An elevated co2 in the blood could be due to metabolic, respiratory and other systems. The body can usually compen ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Not how it works: The very best way to diagnose sleep apnea is by direct observation during an overnight sleep study, and even better an evaluation using c-pap unit. A ... Read More

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