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A 37-year-old female asked:

Can you interpret these for me? sodium 139 mmol/l potassium 4.1 mmol/l chloride 104 mmol/l carbon dioxide 26 mmol/l anion gap 9 glucose 98 mg/dl bun5 mg/dl creatinine0.5 mg/dl?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 58 years experience
Excellent but really need normal values for your lab to properly interpret. They can vary between labs. And always compare to previous ones. The best to interpret is the Dr who ordered them as know you better than we do here. Sodium come from salt, potassium from diet Chloride from salt (NACl) Carbon dioxide from lungs, glucose is sugar, BUN and Creatinine estimate kidney function.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, none of your results are a cause for concern. Wish you good health!

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