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Doctor insights on: Continued Need For Low Levels Of Supplemental Oxygen

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For copd, what's considered a high concentration of required supplemental oxygen?

For copd, what's considered a high concentration of required supplemental oxygen?

4 - 5 lpm: There is no classification commonly agreed to since it would serve no medical purpose. Most supplier are not able to provide more than 6 lpm without liquid oxygen tanks. People requiring these levels have a very limited life expectancy. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Oxygen (Definition)

Oxygen is a gas that the cells in your body need to work properly. The air we breathe normally has 21% oxygen. A maximum of 100% oxygen can be given. Babies with heart or lung problems may need ...Read more


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For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

For what reason should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

Low oxygen...: People with COPD can develop low oxygen levels due to their lung disease. Oxygen therapy is then administered in the lowest amount needed to treat their hypoxia. Too much oxygen can actually cause lung toxicity which worsens lung function. ...Read more

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What is oxygen level guideline, before needing supplemental oxygen if you are out of shpe?

What is oxygen level guideline, before needing supplemental oxygen if you are out of shpe?

BASED ON PO2/O2 SATU: Grp1 po2at or below 55mmhg(awake&at rest) if higher but fall to these levels during sleep or>10mmhg, or5%o2 sat+ corpulmnale, covered for exercise only if the levels drop to groupa level during exercise. Grp2 po2 56-59 mm hg or o2sat89%, and documentation of edema/chf, or cor pulmonale by pul artery pressure, or erythrocytemia withhct>56%. ...Read more

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How low does level of vitamin B12 need to be considered deficiency anemia?

How low does level of vitamin B12 need to be considered deficiency anemia?

Low B12: Values of less than 200 pg/ml are a sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency. People with this deficiency are likely to have or develop symptoms. Older adults with vitamin B12 levels between 200 and 500 pg/ml may also have symptoms. ...Read more

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Why should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration supplemental oxygen?

Why should patients with COPD be given low flow concentration supplemental oxygen?

Helps: if a patient has a saturation less than 88 they qualify for supplemental oxygen. oxygen is the only therapy proven to prolong life in advanced copd ...Read more

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If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

If you have low iron stores following a blood test, can that lead to anemia? Is there a recommended dosage of iron supplement to help restore levels.

Yes and yes: The first thing to go down low is the iron storage. If you don't fix it- eventually you are going to become anemic. Yes, you can take iron supplement by mouth 3x/day. But most importantly is to find why your iron is low. You should have a GI work-up- egd and colonosocpy and check your urine- to check blood in urine. If + blood in urine- you need imaging study, perhaps urologist etc. Go to see gp. ...Read more

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Is a Serum level of Copper of 61 µg/dL and an RBC level of 49 µg/dL of Copper low enough to interfere with Iron absorption and metabolism?

Is a Serum level of Copper of 61 µg/dL and an RBC level of 49 µg/dL of Copper low enough to interfere with Iron absorption and metabolism?

Follow up needed: In order to accurately interpret these labs results, one has to be sure of the normal ranges used by the lab. These results also need to be correlated with your overall health status Going by the info above, it appears like you've been seen by someone who ordered these labs, I will strongly recommend following up with him/her for further evaluation. ...Read more

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At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

At what level is low blood oxygen harmful for children with copd?

See below: Children usually don't have copd, this is a disease of the adult. Children may have congenital lung diseases but the physiology of those is not the same as copd. Blood oxygen levels less than 90% are generally not desired. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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Need to increase uptake of vitamin d. Taking large dose and still low.

Need to increase uptake of vitamin d. Taking large dose and still low.

I don't know: What dose you're taking and what you consider a "large" dose -- 2000 u of d3 is generally adequate for most people and a good starting dose -- but it takes 3 mod. For the new level to equilibrate and shouldn't be rechecked or dose adjusted before that time. ...Read more

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Why would patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

Why would patients with COPD be given low flow concentration (1-2l/min) supplemental oxygen?

Low blood oxygen: At the advanced stages of copd, the lungs do not perform their function well, oxygen has a harder time crossing into the blood stream. At this point, the body is not getting enough energy, the blood oxygen level is low. Raising the amount of inhaled oxygen offsets the problem, and prolongs life. Oxygen is used at the lowest amount that would achieve the goal. ...Read more

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Could a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Could  a prolactin level of 30.8 and insuf vitamin D be indicator of low dopamine needing treatment with a dopamine agonist?

Prolactin -hi, low D: The need for dopamine replacement, as in Parkinsons's , presents with motor symptoms like cogwheel rigidity,gait changes. Too much dopamine can lead to psychotic symptoms. Meds as SSRIs,gaba, estrogen opioids,risperidone can increase prolactin.May be lab variation repeat in 1 month, may be due to prolactinoma a common small mass in the pituitary, check MRI. Low Vit D is commo f/u/w/doc ...Read more

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What are the oxygen level guidelines, before someone needs supplemental oxygen?

What are the oxygen level guidelines, before someone needs supplemental oxygen?

Depends...: Actual medical history and details of the reason for monitoring the oxygen level are required before this question can be answered. The level isn't the same for someone with no medical issues vs someone with cyanotic heart disease (for example). If there is a specific person you are asking about - discuss your concern with their physician. ...Read more

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What should be dose of vitamin d injection for 30 level of d? and -1.8 and -1.9 bmd level of bones.

What should be dose of vitamin d injection for 30 level of d? and -1.8 and -1.9 bmd level of bones.

Vitamin D3 is: usually raised by taking 5000 Iu capsules, once daily. Please do what your doc says. 30 is just inside normal range. Experts say between 50 and 80 is optimal. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Help understanding what treatment is needed for the following test results:iron, total 166 normal, iron binding capacity, 231, low %saturation 72, high ferritin, 22, normal transferrin, 173, low?

No treatment: More information is needed. For example, are you anemic? If you are not anemic, a normal iron, and normal transferrin without an elevated TIBC does not indicate iron deficiency. If you are anemic, then these tests need to be repeated to look for other causes of your anemia. ...Read more

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What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

What is the optimal serum ferritin level for hair health? Can heavy periods and/or a vegetarian diet w/inadequate iron intake cause low ferritin level

See below: Ferritin levels are not associated with hair health. Heavy periods and vegetarian diet could lead to iron deficiency, and low serum ferritin. It can be easily addressed by taking oral iron and multivitamins. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

Dr. Krishna Kumar
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Oxygen Supplementation (Definition)

Oxygen can be given by a mask worn over the face or a tube below the nose. This helps deliver more oxygen to people in circumstances when their natural ...Read more