A 44-year-old female asked:
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Blood test shows sodium 139, potassium 3.3 L, and chloride 109 H. What does this mean and should I be concerned? WBC/RBC is normal. Anion gap 5.0

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Dr. Rex Mahnensmith
43 years experience in Internal Medicine
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 is the other component of the anion gap - what is that value. Your potassium is low. Is this spontaneous or is it related to diet, diarrhea, vomiting, or a medication you did not report? Normal WBC and RBC is reassuring.
Answered on Feb 16, 2018
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Dr. Sunnie Skiles
33 years experience in Pediatrics
I am assuming that your doctor ordered these labs for you. It is best to discuss these results with him/her. Your doctor knows your condition and medications and will be the best resource you have.
Aug 13, 2014

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