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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

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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Based on symptoms had blood work-wbc 4.7l, bun 8l, carbon dioxide 33h, and anion gap 2.0vl, is this normal?

Not your Bicarb: The only thing abnormal is your serum bicarb, normally listed as you carbon dioxide on your serum chemistry. Your's is high which can be indicative of dehydration/over-diuresis. If you are on a "fluid pill" or diuretic, you might what to talk to your doctor about decreasing the dose. If not, you should hydrate. Also if your are low potassium you could have an adrenal issue vs channelopathy. ...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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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 effect does exercise have on the amount of carbon dioxide released by the blood?

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

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Having gallbladdr surgery soon had general chemistry done. Shows carbon dioxide 31 refernce range is 22-30. Why is this? Worry?

Having gallbladdr surgery soon had general chemistry done. Shows carbon dioxide 31 refernce range is 22-30. Why is this? Worry?

Probably normal: But need this number in context with the other blood tests results. Many things can affect this level including medications, lung or respiratory status, etc. Ask your doctor what this means for you. ...Read more

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I am doing research for a story I'm writing. What are some ways to people can be killed through science? I only know of carbon dioxide and botulism.

I am doing research for a story I'm writing. What are some ways to people can be killed through science? I only know of carbon dioxide and botulism.

Science: How about carbon monoxide, radiation, electrical injuries, explosions, drug overdoses and bad medical procedures. Motor vehicle accidents and exposure to toxic chemicals. Just a few more ideas. ...Read more

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I have a smell in my nose like carbon dioxide?

Carbon dioxide: Is odorless. A characteristic smell is added to natural gas for home utilities, so be sure to take appropriate precautions if you are in your home. Unusual smells can also be an early warning sign of stroke, but this phenomenon is generally short lived and more apparent symptoms ensue. ...Read more

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What can I do if my carbon dioxide level is 18. Should I be concerned?

What can I do if my carbon dioxide level is 18. Should I be concerned?

Depends on Basis: Co2 in water is carbonic acid & is rapidly changed, under CNS control, so as to adjust blood ph. If we ventilate (breath) faster with less activity, co2 rapidly falls, ventilate more slowly with higher activity, co2 rises. Common resting, relaxed co2 ≈25 mmol/l but can change rapidly and for a variety of reasons in addition to activity and ventilation rate. ...Read more

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What can I do if my carbon dioxide level is 18. Should I be concerned?

Co2 level low: This means acidosis. 18 is not too low. It could mean kidney problem or hyperventilation. You should see a kidney doctor for a more complete evaluation. ...Read more

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With COPD what does a carbon dioxide level of 33 mean?

With COPD what does a carbon dioxide level of 33 mean?

CO2 and COPD: Generally, only elevated carbon dioxide (co2), which is a level over 40, has importance in COPD as it indicates severe disease. ...Read more

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I am confused about carbon dioxide levels in the blood?

I am confused about carbon dioxide levels in the blood?

Confused?: Co2 is dissolved in the blood. It is related to the ph of the blood. The higher the co2, the lower the ph and visa versa. When the co2 goes up, one breaths more rapidly to blow off the co2. The co2 in the blood comes from the metabolism of cellular mechanisms and is exchanged for oxygen in the lungs. Any more questions? ...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 can I lower my carbon dioxide level in blood? My level was a 33

How can I lower my carbon dioxide level in blood? My level was a 33

Here are some. ..: Was the reported value from a one-time test? Do you have problem to breath? How is the significance of this value possibly implying to your clinical scenario? Please ask your treating doc for individual detail and don't jump the gun to judge its significance. ...Read more

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Carbon dioxide level in blood 13. Dr didn't say anything. Should I worry?

Carbon dioxide level in blood 13. Dr didn't say anything. Should I worry?

Not bad: You may have hyperventilated to lower c02 level briefly, panic attacks, aspirin, liver or kidney disease diabetese, diarrhea, dehydration, alcohol abuse, low thyroid and heart attacks and malnutrition can do it ...Read more

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Can you tell me how the prescence of carbon dioxide reduce the affinity of heamoglobin for oxygen?

Bohr effect: Any physiology textbook will explain this to you. The shape of the hemoglobin molecule is changed slightly. It's a good thing that it gives up its oxygen more easily when there's a lot of carbon dioxide / low pH, as that's a sign that oxygen might be needed in the area. ...Read more

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Total carbon dioxide my levels were 30 4 weeks ago and 32 today normally the lab says 22-29. ..Anything to worry about?

Just a number: A few deep breaths -- and it will go down... It goes up and down; co2 alone is not diagnostic, it's just a number. Look beyond numbers. ...Read more

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I have high carbon dioxide had a test and I am very sleepy and shaky all the time is there something I can take I have c.o.p.d?

I have high carbon dioxide had a test and I am very sleepy and shaky all the time is there something I can take I have c.o.p.d?

There is not enough: Information provided. Doing a video-consult with the Healthtap doctor on call is recommended. Please follow up with your regular physician as early as possible. ...Read more

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Will you get sick if you breathe in too much carbon dioxide?

See below: We breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide. If there is a problem with gas exchange, carbon dioxide can build up in your blood and cause hypercapnia. This is dangerous and can potentially cause death. ...Read more

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How can carbon dioxide improve stretch mark scars? How do I use it?

How can carbon dioxide improve stretch mark scars? How do I use it?

Injections: Carboxytherapy is itye injection of body tee rapture carbon dioxide gas which intially stretchs the stretch mark and cause a compensatory increase in oxygen and stimulation of new collagen. See results at carboxyworld. Com. ...Read more

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How does hyperpnea affect the amount of carbon dioxide and oxygen in the blood?

Low CO2, alkalemia: Deep or rapid breathing removes more gaseous co2 leading to less co2 in the blood and associated alkalemia - it has a minimal effect on oxygenation except in disease states. ...Read more

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What is the reason that pco2 (partial carbon dioxide) decreases during hyperventilation?

What is the reason that pco2 (partial carbon dioxide) decreases during hyperventilation?

Exhalation of CO2: Pco2 decreases with hyperventilation because carbon dioxide is a waste product produced by the body as a result of aerobic metabolism. If activity increases, metabolism increases and thus carbon dioxide increase, so we naturally breathe faster. If one hyperventilates more than the increase in metabolism, then level of carbon dioxide with be reduced, because it is being eliminated by exhalation. ...Read more

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The partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in alveoli are what compared to their partial pressures in air?

The partial pressures of oxygen and carbon dioxide in alveoli are what compared to their partial pressures in air?

O2 lower, CO2 higher: Simple question, complex & variable answer, including at sea level. Ventilation to different alveoli is continuously being adjusted, under CNS control, so as to approximate blood perfusion. This matching, referred to as vq, is critical to efficient/optimizing lung function & changes with activity, body position, etc. Rbcs capturing o2 & blood plasma for co2 separated by 2 cells from alveolar air. ...Read more

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Total carbon dioxide level "32" 5 different times. Normal is 22-29? These where blood test.... Is this worrisome? Docs?

Total carbon dioxide level "32" 5 different times. Normal is 22-29? These where blood test.... Is this worrisome? Docs?

No: If your are able to exercise, have good stamina, and good appetite without eating artificial foods/supplements, then I would not have you worry about. I'm sure the renal function and glucose are normal. ...Read more

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I got abg's done and they said my oxygen levels were fine but I had high carbon dioxide due too hyperventilation could you explain further please?

I got abg's done and they said my oxygen levels were fine but I had high carbon dioxide due too hyperventilation could you explain further please?

The reverse.: I believe you got the information the wrong way. It is possible you can have near normal oxygen and high carbon dioxide. This happen due to hypoventilation not due to hyperventilation. If you are hyperventilating, the opposite is bound to happen. If you are hyperventilating, you are getting rid of carbon dioxide and the level of carbon dioxide will drop. ...Read more

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When blood cells carry oxygen to the cells and remove carbon dioxide?

Yes: Hemoglobin carries oxygen to the tissues and brings carbon dioxide to the lungs to be exhaled. ...Read more

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If fat turns into energy/carbon dioxide, Does breathing exercise help in losing weight?

If fat turns into energy/carbon dioxide, Does breathing exercise help in losing weight?

Marathon breathathon: Very interesting question. Learning to breathe correctly improves your ability to exercise for longer periods which may improve fat burning ability. Specifically to your question all physiological body functions burn energy, the more you do the more you burn ...Read more

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How can hyperpnea affects partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood?

How can hyperpnea affects partial pressure of carbon dioxide and oxygen levels in the blood?

Hyperpnea/tachypnea: The rapid breathing will blow out co2 and lower its level in the blood. This may or may not affect the o2 level depending on the cause of the tachypnea. ...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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When you are jogging, do your muscles use more oxygen and thus release more carbon dioxide into the blood?

When you are jogging, do your muscles use more oxygen and thus release more carbon dioxide into the blood?

Yes: Jogging definitely increases oxygen consumption by the muscles and production of multiple products from this including carbon dioxide. One of the ways we compensate for this is by breathing harder as we exercise. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if carbon dioxide blood test went from several years at 27 now 29 lab range high is 30?

No: Not in the least. This number varies from minute to minute and only values far from the reference range (which is defined to flag 5% of healthies) are of any concern. ...Read more

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What happens to your carbon dioxide in the blood during rapid breathing?

What happens to your carbon dioxide in the blood during rapid breathing?

Decreases: If one breathes very rapidly, or hyperventilates, one will feel lightheaded, dizzy, and have tingling in the fingertips because carbon dioxide decreases. Treatment involves increasing carbon dioxide by breathing into a paper bag or slowing the breathing down. ...Read more