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Causes Of Carbon Dioxide Narcosis
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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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
Reference Range CO2: A pediatric reference range for carbon dioxide is 18-27 meq/l. What is the context? ...Read more
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