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What is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to copd?

What is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to copd?

Cause of death: Carbon dioxide buildup happens as COPD worsens. In an acut exacerbation (sudden worsening), co2 will rapidly accumulate. This can lead to confusion, sedation, and decreased respiratory drive. If not promptly treated it will lead to death. ...Read more

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Dr. Randy Sussmane Stubbs
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Co2 (Definition)

This is a gas composed on one carbon and two oxygen molecules. Very common byproduct of respiration ...Read more


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Hi doctors, was just wondering what is carbon dioxide narcosis in relation to COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

Carbon dioxide...: Carbon dioxide levels can elevate in COPD patients due to the inability to ventilate properly. This increased carbon dioxide level can lead to symptoms that are similar to acutely taking narcotics which has lead to the expression carbon dioxide narcosis. Symptoms include lethargy, confusion, disorientation, decreased sensations, etc. ...Read more

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Can hyperventilation cause the loss of alrge amounts of carbon dioxide from the body?

Can hyperventilation cause the loss of alrge amounts of carbon dioxide from the body?

No: There is a feed back system at work. It is the co2 (carbon dioxide) levels in the blood that drive the breathing center in the brain. When you hyperventilate, you may decrease the co2 in the lungs which reduce some of the level in the blood which will then cause that breathing center to decrease the rate of breathing (hyperventilation). Ultimately hyperventilation can dec co2 only so much. ...Read more

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What can cause a low carbon dioxide level in a blood test?

Loss or acidosis: Loss of carbon dioxide (as carbon dioxide) can occur in anything that makes you breathe heavily for a long period of time. (being on a ventilator as one example). Loss through the kidney with diuretics sometime. Mostly, CO2 is in the form of bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate). This is removed by acidity which occurs in serious organ failure (sepsis, kidney failure, etc.) ...Read more

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How does increase amount of the carbon dioxide in the blood affect kidney and causes renal failure?

How does increase amount of the carbon dioxide in the blood affect kidney  and causes renal failure?

Carbon Dioxide : Good question. Your kidneys have many functions. One is to maintain ph balance. When your body accumulates too much carbon dioxide(co2) your kidneys work to eliminate it. Co2 makes your body more acidic. The acidity not only makes your kidneys work harder, but it also makes all body functions less efficient. Over time this can cause kidney failure. This is not a common cause of kidney failure. ...Read more

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Can heart failure cause a decrease of carbon dioxide in the blood?

Can heart failure cause a decrease of carbon dioxide in the blood?

Heart failure: CHF can cause a degree of acidemia. This is reflected by decreased bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in the electolyte panel. This is not carbon dioxide but is related. ...Read more

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Passed out briefly w/ auditory hallucination, blurry peripheral vision foggy mind for past week, bloodwork ok but carbon dioxide level 19. Causes?

Passed out briefly w/ auditory hallucination, blurry peripheral vision foggy mind for past week, bloodwork ok but carbon dioxide level 19. Causes?

Unknown: We are much better at answering what DID NOT cause such an event than what did. Follow your doctor's recommendations regarding referrals for such things as cardiology and neurology referral. If your doctor is saying that these aren't indicated, I'd ask him/her what the diagnosis is to explain this event. ...Read more

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Can high carbon dioxide in the blood be cured?

Can high carbon dioxide in the blood be cured?

High bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) : Simple answers yes. The high bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is usually due to another process and either the kidney or the ling change the levels. Water pills, vomiting are the few common ones, sleep apnea is another cause. Finding cause is key and that should lead to therapy. Answering the question as to why there is high bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) is key. ...Read more

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What effect does exercise have on the amount of carbon dioxide released by the blood?

Respiration: When you exercise multiple physiological processes occur. You metabolize more thus producing more co2. Co2 is scrubbed from the blood by the lungs to eliminate it. Co2 is regulated very tightly and part of the issue is actually how fit you are - a cross country runner has a different co2 physiology than a couch potato or a smoker. ...Read more

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What is the normal range for carbon dioxide levels in the blood of a child 6 years of age?

What is the normal range for carbon dioxide levels in the blood of a child 6 years of age?

Reference Range CO2: A pediatric reference range for carbon dioxide is 18-27 meq/l. What is the context? ...Read more