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What Does Low Carbon Dioxide Levels Mean
What does it mean when your gas exchange levels are low when you breathe that there is to much to much carbon dioxide?
Lung problem: Sounds like "INTERSTITIAL" Lung Disease....a blockage in the mebranes where air is exchanged! A chest x ray and more testing is necessary! Hope this helps Dr Z ...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
Always &Other Issues: Bun=blood urea nitrogen, a breakdown product of proteins being cleared. So rates of protein breakdown, combined with the amount of h20 it is in, determine the BUN (a concentration within extracellular water). Co2 (aka carbonic acid, in water) is primarily determined by rate of breathing (blowing off co2) & is the primary brain driver for breathing rate (along with exercise & anxiety). ...Read more
Ask the ordering doc: Since there is not enough information presented here to answer accurately. ...Read more
My childs potassium, alkaline phosphate, carbon dioxide are low on blood test. Test was done due to my lupus & hypothyroidism. What does this mean?
Hard to say: Random test results reported with no history or exam findings make it impossible to decide if they are important or not. The normal values vary sometimes by age and we don't know if the report used proper kid or adult standards.You should review these with whoever ordered them. ...Read more
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
Reference Range CO2: A pediatric reference range for carbon dioxide is 18-27 meq/l. What is the context? ...Read more
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
Yes: Corrective steps need to be taken....See pmd. ...Read more
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