What Causes Elevated CO2 Levels

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AIDS InfoNet

Chemistry Panel

...body controls the amount of calcium in the blood. However, the amount of protein in the blood can affect calcium test results (see albumin). The most common cause of low calcium test results for people with HIV is low protein levels due to malnutrition or wasting. Abnormal calcium levels can indicate digestive problems. Phosphorus , like calcium, is a major component of bones. Low levels of phosphorus for a long period of time can cause...
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Lactic Acedemia and Low Carbon Dioxide

Hi,I just got bakc from my doctor and on by Blood work he noticed that my Carbon Dioxide level had dropped from 3 months ago to 18...I've also been having pain in the area of my liver.I'm on Virecept and Epzicom and have been for about 9 year's with...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...non-spectific. Many conditions can decrease the CO2 level including rapid breathing and exercise. Checking the lactic acid levels after resting for a while is optimal for assessment of lactic acidosis. Diabetes, renal disease and many... Read more »

Elevated sat and alt levels

Recent HIV diagnosis in the last 10 days with symptoms of the acute stage of infection just passing. Ast is 114 and alt is 334. CD4 count 443 with viral load of 75k. Haven't started any meeds yet and hepatitis test are all negative. Any idea...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
...If infection is truly that recent then HIV can be the cause of those mildly elevated liver enzymes. Read more »

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Hello Dr. Bob Fortunately and sadly enough I have dreamed of writing you this letter. But first let me tell you that over the last 6 months I have grown so much and learned so many (too many lessons) about humility and compassion. I appreciate the...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello friend, partner and self-designated educator,First a couple of facts:1.You are definitively and conclusively HIV negative.2.Mollusks are marine invertebrates, like shellfish and snails. Molluscum are soft pulpy skin nodules caused by a variety... Read more »

CO2 levels and HAART

What happens if CO2 levels are continuously low while on HAART?
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...I am not sure what you mean my CO2levels (those are not usually measured). If the HCO2 or bicarbonate levels are low that could mean an acid base disturbance Read more »
The Well Project

Understanding HIV-Related Lab Tests I: Complete Blood Count and Blood Chemistry

...result -- usually trends over time are more important. Most lab reports show the normal range of results from each test andhighlight any of your results that are outside the normal range. The rangeslisted below are general and may not be exactly... Read more »
San Francisco AIDS Foundation

Monitoring Tests for People With HIV

...vomiting or diarrhea). Such imbalances are not uncommon in people with acute or chronic illnesses. Bicarbonate: a form of carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) in the blood. Bicarbonate acts as a buffer to help maintain the body's acid-base balance (pH). A... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Drug Level Testing

...Testing? It can be helpful to test a patient's blood to check the levels of a medication they are taking. Drug levels that are too high sometimes cause serious side effects. Levels that are too low might allow HIV to multiply and develop... Read more »
The Well Project

Lactic Acidosis and HIV/AIDS

...cells produce too much lactic acid, yourliver may have a hard time breaking down the lactate fast enough. Higher than normal levels of lactate can build up -- this is calledhyperlactatemia. When levels get very high, lactic acidosis can occur.... Read more »
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