Carbon Dioxide, Total

Carbon Dioxide, Total

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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 normal bicarbonate level is about 22-33 millimoles per liter (mmol/L). A high level might indicate an "anion gap," which may signify high lactate levels (lactic acidosis). This test is included in the comprehensive metabolic panel 14