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Normal Serum Bicarbonate Levels
Units of measure?: Normal serum level of BUN is 6-20 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dl) or 2.1-7.1 millimoles per liter (mmol/l). What unit of measurement was used in your results? If it was mg/dl, the first thing to do would be to repeat the test to exclude an aberrant result. If the results was 2 mmoles/l then it is in the normal range.What is your serum creatinine? Need to evaluate these results in toto. ...Read more
Albumin deficiency: Total calcium is attached to albumin, an important protein in the blood. Your serum calcium may be erroneously normal if your ionized calcium is significantly elevated, look at Albumin level and also repeat the calcium tests to make sure no mistake. May need to look at mg, phos, and intact pth. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My total bilurubin 0.88 direct bilurubin 0.37 indirect bilurubin is 0.51, serum globulin is 3.27 Are these levels normal?
See below: 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. Having said that, your globulin level is higher than normal. It can be due to many causes, e.g., chronic infection, inflammatory disorders, liver disease and myeloma. Please discuss the matter with your doctor. ...Read more
Calcium serum level is 10.3 32 yr male all other blood work normal what does this mean as results said that was high for my age?
High CA: It means you need to discuss with your Dr. and get some more tests. ...Read more
I have a 25 weeker at 3.5 months actual age she had a serum iron of 172, newborn levels are normal at 110-270, is the 172 concerning?
Alt (sgpt) 39, iron serum 160, vit D 22.1 - all other levels normal. I'm 49 year old female. What r some possible concerns with my levels?
Mild vitamin D def: Your levels are near normal. Only vitamin D is marginally low. You may take over the counter vitamin D3 at a dose of about 2000 units/day. ...Read more
I am a 37 year old generally healthy male yet my DHEA S serum hormone level is always low at 75 normal (120 to 450) What might this indicate?
Unneeded testing: If you're healthy then I don't understand why you're getting these hormone tests. Abnormal lab tests in people who are well have a high likelihood of being false positives. There is no good reason to be checking a test like this if you're feeling well, no matter what the result is. ...Read more
Less than 1.2 mg/dL: It should be lower than 1.2 mg/dl. ...Read more
For last 8 months my serum ALT levels have come back slightly higher than normal. At moment there 67 but should be below 31. Should i be concerned?
Possibly: Your elevation is very mild (<5x reference), but has persisted longer than 6mos, so some further consideration should be given to hepatocellular causes: chronic viral hepatitis; autoimmune hepatitis; celiac disease; wilson's disease; hemachromatosis. However, other causes: alcohol intake, medications, exercise, muscle disease, or fatty liver (in the obese). It may be time to see the doc. ...Read more
Yes: Vitamin B 12 is used inside the cell and is the reason why measuring vitamins in the blood does not give you an answer that is practical. ...Read more
See below: An elevated BUN with normal creatinine occurs most commonly in dehydrated individuals and is not a sign of kidney damage.It may also occur in in certain other conditions like bleeding in the intestines, artificial nutrition intravenously of Amino Acids and use of steroids. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Serum bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) in our blood acts as an essentisl acid buffer. Its concentration is tightly governed and regulated between 22 and 28 meq/liter. A value of 32 indicates an excess. Why it is 32 is important. The kidney is responsible, for sure, though the kidney need not act alone. Hormone signals such as aldosterone excess can drive this change. Lung retention of carbon dioxide also can. Ask doc. ...Read more
Multiple causes: BUN is a breakdown of ingested protein, but becomes elevated compared to creatine, in cases of increased catabolism (breakdown). Such things as a high protein diet, use of some steroids, some infections, or volume depletion may commonly raise BUN levels. In a hospital setting, tube feeding, tpn, GI bleeding, infections, decreased flow to the kidneys, and use of steroids are frequent contributors. ...Read more