A 23-year-old female asked:
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i have pickwickian syndrome & had a blood gas test done today ph 7.402 co2 46 oxygen 70 hco3 28.9 base excess 4.0 02 saturation 94 are my results ok?

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Dr. Eric Chevlen
46 years experience Medical Oncology
No.: No. These results show significant lack of oxygen in the blood, and a modest excess of carbon dioxide. Pickwickian syndrome appears as excessive sleepiness. It comes from sleep being constantly interrupted by a patient rousing to gasp, because the amount of oxygen in his blood is too low. It is a complication of obesity. A tracheostomy can prove life-saving. Significant weight loss is better
Answered on May 20, 2014

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