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Hello. i was told i have an anion gap of 18 which is above normal. is this a big concern?

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Dr. Anthony Depalma
Emergency Medicine 14 years experience
Depends: Very difficult to answer without specifics regarding the situation. Hopefully something of no concern though. A pneumonic for anion gap acidosis is MUDPILES. See if anything fits. One commonly overlooked reason for excess acids is starvation ketosis. Check in with your doctor.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
How do you FEEL?: If you feel okay, I'd ignore it. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either end, as you have.

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