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I had my blood drawm and they said I had high chloride levels I am 21 and I do smoke and have for four yrs. What does chloride mean and is it bad?

I had my blood drawm and they said I had high chloride levels I am 21 and I do smoke and have for four yrs. What does chloride mean and is it bad?

Blood salts: Chloride is an electrolyte in our body that combines with others to form salts. Commonly it is associated with sodium to form sodium chloride aka salt. As a mineral in our body it helps with cellular function and can easily change with the amounts of hydration we have. If we are dehydrated for example we would expect salt levels to be higher than normal. ...Read more

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Chloride (Definition)

Chloride is a negatively charged ion of chlorine found in cells and serum. Chloride is the main ion which balances out the positively charged ions ...Read more


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Just had blood work done my chloride level is a little high 112 what does it mean?

Just had blood work done my chloride level is a little high 112 what does it mean?

More info: In and of itself it may mean nothing. Need other labs and history to be able to comment. Have you asked the doctor who ordered the test? ...Read more

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My blood work up shows "High Chlorides and Lymphocytes with low Neutrophils" what does this mean? Is this the indicator for the Rhumatoid Factor?

My blood work up shows "High Chlorides and Lymphocytes with low Neutrophils" what does this mean? Is this the indicator for the Rhumatoid Factor?

Lab work: No this is not a sign of RA. However, I don't know what the rest means as I deal with numbers not with arbitrary highs and lows. What is considered high and low "by the lab" may be considered normal by a doctor or not. We pay attention to the clinical condition with the numbers to consider its significance. There are some numbers reported by labs that have no meaning at all to us. ...Read more

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Just had labs done. Low RBC, HGB,HCT, Ferritin,Vit D. High RDW, TBil,Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Just had labs done. Low RBC, HGB,HCT, Ferritin,Vit D. High RDW, TBil,Chloride. What does this mean? Treatment?

Out of Context: It is not our place to interpret your labs without the full lab results, access to your health care history, physical exam and the very reason the tests were done in the first place. This interpretation of labs must come from the professional caring for you who ordered them. The question you have asked us is impossible to answer on the internet. ...Read more

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Could a low TSH (.28) & normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels mean a Pituitary issue? Or is that more typical of hypothyroidism? Would high Chloride (111) effect it?

Could a low TSH (.28) & normal T3 (liothyronine) & T4 levels mean a Pituitary issue? Or is that more typical of hypothyroidism? Would high Chloride (111) effect it?

Means pituitary is: A TSH of 0.28 with normal free T4 and free T3 (liothyronine) likely means the pituitary is working properly. A TSH of 0.1-0.4 is lower than the reference range, which means about 2.5% of normal people have a TSH or 0.1-0.4. Thus, one hopes she is normal. Her endocrinologist can follow and recheck her levels in 4-6 weeks to confirm that her levels are stable (TSH not dropping lower; T4 or T3 (liothyronine) not above normal). ...Read more

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Wbc, alkaline phosphatase, and chloride high in blood test. Plus leukocytes in urine. What does it mean? Been fatigued with nausea and diarrhea

Wbc, alkaline phosphatase, and chloride high in blood test. Plus leukocytes in urine. What does it mean? Been fatigued with nausea and diarrhea

Varies: Multiple potential causes and it may be more than one thing. Leukocytes in the urine can be one of the findings if a urinary tract infection. A full urinanalysis and culture can give more detail. If a urinary infection gets up in the kidney it can cause more systemic symptoms, such as an elevated white count. A detailed exam and further studies will likely determine the cause. ...Read more

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Chloride levels always 108 what can that mean imma adult female.?

Chloride levels always 108 what can that mean imma adult female.?

Nothing: I trust you do not have renal tubular acidosis or hyperparathyroidism. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthy folks fall outside at either end. Unless your physician is all worried, ignore it. ...Read more

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What causes a slightly low Chloride serum level? My level was 97. C02 was 29 which was slightly elevated.

Slightly low CL?: Most likely a variation within ur normal range. It is best to ignore slightly low or high tests when many are done. Eating, supine or standing, time of day, when u last drank water or took meds or how fast u were breathing or how the blood was drawn/ processed, squeezing hand before blood draw, breAthing too fast or too slow on purpose or from anxiety may change many blood tests. Recommend repeat ...Read more

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Got is low, chloride is high, rbc/hpf is high, and blood is moderate (abnormal)?

Got is low, chloride is high, rbc/hpf is high, and blood is moderate (abnormal)?

Need actual result: 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. You have not provided the actual results and it is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without data. ...Read more

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I have neprhocalcinosis, today I had a renal function test done and my BUN was 7 & chloride 112, other levels normal. What could this mean?

I have neprhocalcinosis, today I had a renal function test done and my BUN was 7 & chloride 112, other levels normal. What could this mean?

Labs: Your BUN is lower and maybe a reflection of your protein intake but doesn't mean disease. BUN levels are governed by many reasons including kidney function protein intake liver issues. Assuming you have no issue low BUN is more diet. Your chloride is high normal and should be repeated. These labs have to be looked in totality and don't mean disease. Best of luck ...Read more

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Is a low anion gap and high chloride level something to be concerned about?

Is a low anion gap and high chloride level something to be concerned about?

Anion Gap: The anion gap is calculated from the following formula: Sodium minus choride plus bicarbonate. Normal is 8 to 16 mEq/L There is more importance to an elevated anion gap which can be associated with extra acids in your body like alcohol aspirin, or diabetic ketoacidosis. ...Read more

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Test results for platelette count was low, chloride was high and BUN was high. Should I be concerned about my kidney function or other?

Test results for platelette count was low, chloride was high and BUN was high. Should I be concerned about my kidney function or other?

Not by this info: Kidney function is most commonly related to the creatinine level. If your Cr was normal, then you probably do not have to be concerned about your kidney function. ...Read more

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How does high chloride cause a (non-anion gap) metabolic acidosis?

How does high chloride cause a (non-anion gap) metabolic acidosis?

See below: Please consult this site for the information. It is more involved than the 400 characters will allow.

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/240809-overview ...Read more

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I just received some test results back that said my protein c is high, protein s is low my pai-1 is high, my chloride is high and my co2 is low?

I just received some test results back that said my protein c is high, protein s is low my pai-1 is high, my chloride is high and my co2 is low?

Clot risk.: A high protein c has no significance, only low. A low protein s, like protein c, is a risk for having abnormal blood clots or pregancy complications. Protein c and s cooperate to dissolve blood clots. Pai-1 blocks the clot dissolving pathway, so a high level also is a risk for abnormal clots. A high chloride and low co2 are part of the salts in the blood that are regulated by the kidneys. ...Read more

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Husband has low WBC and RBC (4.0 & 4.69, respectively) high MCH at 32.7, low gran % at 42.6 and granulocyte # at 1.7. His chloride is also low @ 100?

Husband has low WBC and RBC (4.0 & 4.69, respectively) high MCH at 32.7, low gran % at 42.6 and granulocyte # at 1.7.  His chloride is also low @ 100?

Ask the doctor!: The doctor who ordered these tests is the person who can best interpret the results. We could give you some additional information but I fear it would only provoke more questions. It would be a sorry medical practitioner who wouldn't take the time to explain the significance of these values. Please ask!!!!! ...Read more

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Bun createnine ratio high 29, bun 12.99 and createnine 0.44. Sodium136, k 4.23 chloride 99,bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) 25.4, specific gravity 1.015.?

Bun createnine ratio high 29, bun 12.99 and createnine 0.44. Sodium136, k 4.23 chloride 99,bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) 25.4, specific gravity 1.015.?

No problem: The ratio seems high because your creatinine is lower than usual. There is nothing with a low creatinine. Women tend to have lower creatinine due to smaller muscle mass, as compared to men. You lab results are fine. ...Read more

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I have hyponatremia, low chloride and high TSH 12.8. Sodium went to 116. Many hospitalizations. Take 10 1gr sodium tabs. Fluid res?

Low sodium: You need to see an endocrinologist (ea) as soon as possible. You are hypothyroid (h) with your high tsh. That could be one cause of your low sodium (ls). Ls is a life-threatening situation. See an e, get your h treated with medicine and you may stop the need for your sodium pills and avoid future hospitalizations. You will also begin to feel better. ...Read more

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Sodium, serum 131 Low, Chloride, boold 95 Low, Neutrophils 83.6 High, Lymphocytes 11.6 Low, What could this indicate? WBC 9.7,RBC,4.57

Dehydration: Dehydration from the sodium and chloride numbers you gave. The white count is normal with predominate neutrophils doesn't give any particular diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have long-standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure. Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

I have long-standing hyponatremia, low chloride plus high TSH 12.8. I have been hospitalized mult times had seizure.  Taking 10 1gr sodium. Fluid res?

FInd out why: I trust you are not taking a diuretic for some reason, and I trust you do not have inappropriate ADH (vasopressin) secretion due to porphyria or some other illness. Especially, I hope you don't have undiagnosed addison's disease especially with the high TSH (possible schmidt's). Have you been evaluated for one of the syndromes of renal sodium wasting? ...Read more

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Blood work results,chloride was low at 98 mmol, anion gap was high at 17.4,glucose was high at 108 mg/dl, A1c was 6.2,albumin/globulin ratio 2.0?

Blood work results,chloride was low at 98 mmol, anion gap was high at 17.4,glucose was high at 108 mg/dl, A1c was 6.2,albumin/globulin ratio 2.0?

Prediabetes: Hi. That A1c is above normal, & if that glucose is FASTING, it is too (it's not abnormal if it's not fasting). They demonstrate "prediabetes", the abnormal state between normal & diabetes. What was your bicarb/total CO2? Unless it was low, anion gap (a calculated value) doesn't mean anything; it's useful in states of ketoacidosis, lactic acidosis, etc). A:G ratio is fine too. Eat healthy, exercise ...Read more

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I have a patient that has acute pancreatitis from hyperlipedemia and lab values are out of wack why? (high wbc, low rbc, low hematocrit, low sodium, high chloride)

I have a patient that has acute pancreatitis from hyperlipedemia and lab values are out of wack why? (high wbc, low rbc, low hematocrit, low sodium, high chloride)

Pancreatitis : Pancreatitis can give all those abnormal labs, however very high level of lipid can lead to pancreatitis and abnormal blood test. It is crucial to consult a pancreas expect who will repeat and analyses those labs and will request further imaging. ...Read more

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7mm periampullary lesion, 3 liver lesions, total beta hCG is high, anion gap-10, monocytes-1.1, chloride high, erc low, cbd & pancreatic duct dilation?

7mm periampullary lesion, 3 liver lesions, total beta hCG is high, anion gap-10, monocytes-1.1, chloride high, erc low, cbd & pancreatic duct dilation?

Your question?: I appreciate your sharing this, but no one here will be able to make the call. Unless your HCG is extremely high, it means nothing. The other labs are not helpful. Your periampullary lesion has hopefully been biopsied, as will your liver lesions if the radiologist cannot certify them as benign. Hoping celiac sprue has been ruled in or out, along with whipple's and common lactose intolerance. ...Read more

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Sodium: 142, Potassium 3.7, Magnesium 2.5, C02 34 (High), Chloride 105. Are these normal? Can these levels cause an episode of V-tach??

Sodium: 142, Potassium 3.7, Magnesium 2.5, C02 34 (High), Chloride 105. Are these normal? Can these levels cause an episode of V-tach??

Mostly normal. Lung?: The electrolytes look mostly normal. The CO2 (actually bicarbonate) level is slightly high, which may be "just you" (no significance), or may be related to some developing lung or kidney problems. In any case, I wouldn't look to the electrolytes as being the cause of VTach. The problem probably lies elsewhere (lung is possible, as is heart disease). TTYD or use HealthTap Prime for more clarity. GL ...Read more