A 28-year-old male asked:
blood ammonia level was 38 is this a little high?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Does not: Sound like it but it depends on you lab normals
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Ammonia: It is a little high. would have it retested and see physician
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Lab error possible: The normal values listed here are just a guide. These ranges vary from lab to lab, and your lab may have a different range for what's normal. Your lab report should contain the range your lab uses.
15–60 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL)
21–50 micromoles per liter (mcmol/L)
*Blood drawn for ammonia levels should be kept on ice until processed, or false elevations may be reported.
A 44-year-old member asked:
If your blood ammonia level is high can you smell it on your breath?
1 doctor answer • 2 doctors weighed in
A Verified Doctor answered
Yes in theory: But you get a different smell....around the patient.
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