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A 38-year-old male asked:

Had a blood test with high reading of carbon dioxide in blood, 31. what does this mean?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Numbers are numbers: Numbers are just numbers, so the significance of them must be looked at in the context of a patient's real-life situation. The first thing a doctor considers is why somebody did a lab test, under what circumstances, and in association with what symptoms? Having a higher "carbon dioxide" in the blood means having more bicarbonate and less acid (less H+ ion), but there are many possible reasons.
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