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Why are bicarbonate blood tests done?

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It’s usually part of a larger electrolyte test that tells your doctor how much sodium, potassium, and chloride is in your body. They may do this test as part of a regular checkup, or to try to find out why you don’t feel well.

Your doctor might check the CO2 levels in your blood if you have:

If you’re being treated for liver, lung, or digestive conditions, your doctor might check your bicarbonate levels regularly to see if your therapy or medication is working.

  • Vomiting or diarrhea that won’t go away
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weakness or tiredness

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Bicarbonate.”

Scripps Health: “CO2 Blood Test.”

Lab Tests Online: “Bicarbonate.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Types of blood tests.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “CO2”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic ketoacidosis,” “Emphysema.”

The University of Tennessee Medical Center: “Ethylene glycol poisoning.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 28, 2018

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Bicarbonate.”

Scripps Health: “CO2 Blood Test.”

Lab Tests Online: “Bicarbonate.”

National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: “Types of blood tests.”

University of California San Francisco Medical Center: “CO2”

The Mayo Clinic: “Diabetic ketoacidosis,” “Emphysema.”

The University of Tennessee Medical Center: “Ethylene glycol poisoning.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 28, 2018

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