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Oct 04, 2008
engin117
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CO2 on blood work
Does anyone know about reasons CO2 would be low on blood work?
Oct 04, 2008
emibug
Kathryn, Pager Volunteer and mommy to Emily Mia 02/04/07. 3 years old with GERD. 30mg Prevacid and Pepcid AC. Mylanta needed for flares. Failed prilosec med switch. Tried and failed many med weans but GERD and pain are well controlled. Functional constipation. Reoccurring SBBO. Suspected IBD or autoimmune disease. Resolved issues: MSPI, CSID (acquired), Stage 2 kidney reflux, Chronic diarrhea.
Audrey Meadow 06/20/08. born 34/35 weeks. Still b/f and eats everything! ftt and chronic constipation.
if memory serves me correctly Quinn (baby quinn's mommy) had low CO2 on blood work. I know also that low CO2 is a symptom of CSID. but also a symptom of other things too i just don't know specifics. The dr didn't tell you anything about it??
Oct 04, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
I found this on the net:

Electrolytes: These are your potassium, sodium, chloride, and CO2 levels. Potassium is controlled very carefully by the kidneys. It is important for the proper functioning of the nerves and muscles, particularly the heart. Any value outside the expected range, high or low, requires medical evaluation. This is especially important if you are taking a diuretic (water pill) or heart pill (Digitalis, Lanoxin, etc.).

Sodium is also regulated by the kidneys and adrenal glands. There are numerous causes of high and low sodium levels, but the most common causes of low sodium are diuretic usage, diabetes drugs like chlorpropamide, and excessive water intake in patients with heart or liver disease.

CO2 reflects the acid status of your blood. Low CO2 levels can be due to either to increased acidity from uncontrolled diabetes, kidney disease, metabolic disorders, or low CO2 can be due to chronic hyperventilation.

Oct 04, 2008
maggiemom
Maggie is now 3 years old and reflux free (knock on wood). I still check in some to see how everybody is doing :) Hugs to all!
That is scary sounding but seems like the doc would've said something if you should be worried....hope I helped and didn't freak you out.
Oct 04, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
They tested Katie for this and hers was low but she stopped eating and drinking for a week. It means she isn't eating or drinking enough and her electrolytes are a little screwed up.
Oct 04, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Were they testing her electrolytes? It could mean that she was screaming while drawing blood and not getting enough oxygen.
Oct 04, 2008
engin117
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Kathryn,

Thank you! We just got the labs yesterday or day before can't remember by now. Because they were done at John Hopkins. I have spoken to the doc. twice now and forgot to ask. I was a bit distracted at the fact of going back for another endoscopy and colonoscopy in 6 weeks.

He had tried to call me and T-Mobile doesn't work. So he emailed the results and asked me to call him back since he couldn't get me.

We had literally just came from the nephrologist when we came home to find the results. The nephrologist had said that Meggy's high Urine specific gravity, High Chloride, Low CO2 and and high Bun Creatine issues were no big deal unless the CO2 dropped to 15 or less.

Guess what we came home to find the most recent lab CO2 was 15. So, it was late Friday afternoon and I couldn't get any doc. on the phone to ask and now I am curious.

Maggie's mom,

You didn't scare me, I would rather know the full truth and do my home work. Thank you for the info.

I hope it isn't acidosis or the opposite of this!

Oct 04, 2008
engin117
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Katies mommy,

She had been eating okay, but not great. They just did the full CBC and metabolic profile. The doc. was just trying to be thorough.

HMM, hadn't thought about the drawing blood and not getting enough oxygen, but they have taken it and it was 17 before while she was sleeping. But she was sleeping 14 hours straight after levsin overdose at the hospital, so not sure how that affected her.

Oct 05, 2008
engin117
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Just found this online:

http://www.breathing.com/articles/carbon-dioxide.htm

Acid/Alkaline Balance and the Immune System: Carbon dioxide, through its conversion to carbonic acid, is a primary regulator of the acid/alkaline balance of the body. A reduction in carbon dioxide shifts the body's pH toward alkalinity, which alters the rate of activity of other biochemical processes. An alkaline system weakens the immune system, thus making the body more susceptible to viruses and allergies. Vessels: Carbon dioxide helps to dilate smooth muscle tissue. Insufficient carbon dioxide can cause spasms throughout the body, including the brain, the bronchi, and other smooth muscle tissues. Good examples are the spasms that take place during asthma attacks and migraines.

That site has a lot of info.

Oct 05, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
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Quinn's Co2 is consistently low. It has never even been normal before. It is a symptom of her CSID. Low C02 is just a symptom that normally shows up for kids with metabolic disorders. So if your little one isn't digesting something properly, she is likley to have low c02 levels. It is also a common symptom of mitochondrial myopathy, which is what I think Quinn has.
Oct 05, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
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PS. from my understanding, a *build up* of co2 in the blood would mean that her body was working too hard to get enough oxygen. So a lower amount
Oct 05, 2008
baby quinn's mommy
Mom to a 3 year old baby girl with severe reflux: g-tube, nissen fundoplication. dx: RAD, failure to thrive, DGE, epilepsy, sleep apnea, paraesohphogeal hernia, high lactic acid there's more "unknown disease"... Hospitalized 12 times, PT graduate! ST graduate! OT graduate! Current Meds: singulair, zopeonex, pulmicort, reglan, Keppra, Trileptal, vitamin B6, Veramyst. Current weight: 34 lb. Current height: 39". g-tube dependent, oxygen 1-2LpM all day and night PIC: Ms. Quinn
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oops. I hit the button too soon. /p So a lower c02 level shouldn't have much to do with oxygen, from what I understand, but I could be wrong.
Oct 05, 2008
engin117
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Thank you for your help! Reassurance is great.
Oct 05, 2008
katiesmommy
Tracey, mom to Katie. Diagnosed with reflux at 3 weeks and put on Zantac. At 8 months old she was removed from Zantac as it was giving her migraines, currently on Prevacid. Switched to Elecare since she is not gaining weight; trialing solids after being off for a month. Geneticist said reason she isn't gaining weight is she is stubborn. Upcoming appts.: Neurologist for developmental delay and EGD scheduled for September. She is one funny baby!
Interesting. Katie's CO2 levels are always at 17 and I was told that just means she doesn't eat and drink well. Her blood work is within the range of normal, but the top end of normal. We know that she doesn't digest food well since she doesn't gain weight and sleeps a lot. I guess I will be talking to her doctors (again, 4 times including the ER visit this past week).
Oct 05, 2008
3blues21pink
It can be a sign of dehydration. When my son was dehydrated last week (hospitalized), his CO2 (should have been between 22 - 31) was 13.
Oct 05, 2008
engin117
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3blues21pink,

Was any other test results abnormal. I hardly know the neph we saw as it was our first and probably last visit with her, but she told us it only gets that low during Alkalosis.

I don't know if she was right or not, just wanted to share.

Do you have a copy of the labs? If you do, look and see if anything else is abnormal.

Oct 06, 2008
3blues21pink
I don't have a copy, but my doctor showed it to me (he always shows me our kiddos labs). His blood sugars were low as well, not alarmingly so, but low enough to take note. Once we got him rehydrated, his numbers went back to to normal (CO2 was 24, BS was 68). He got dehydrated again, but his blood sugars were still normal (on the low end of normal, but he wasn't as dehydrated this second time. So I don't know if they would have lowered or if the first time was unrelated or what).
Check with your
doctor first!