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A 47-year-old male asked:

I had a blood test run. my chloride was high 107and my carbon dioxide was low 13. everything else was normal. should i be concerned about the those abnormal numbers?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 34 years experience
Ask ordering doctor: 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 lower "carbon dioxide" in the blood means having less bicarbonate and more acid (more H+ ion), but there are many possible reasons.
Last updated Jan 8, 2020


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