Carboxyhemoglobin is a substance formed in the blood when someone inhales toxic amounts of carbon monoxide gas. It is formed from a combination of the protein hemoglobin with carbon monoxide molecules. Monitoring the levels of carbon monoxide helps in understanding the level of gas poisoning in an individual so that the doctors can plan the treatment accordingly.

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Kindly explain the normal level of carbon monoxide in the body after a leak.

Query: Hi doctor, Recently been concerned about a carbon monoxide leak in my pick-up. Recently after a 3-hour interstate drive, I stopped and did a carboxyhemoglobin blood test, the results came back at 2.3 %. I felt that was on the high side of normal, so I took it to another exhaust place, he claimed i...  Read Full »

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Answer: Hi, Welcome to Carboxyhemoglobin level is raised by various reasons, and the inhalation of carbon monoxide is one of the reason. Our body has many mechanism to increase carboxyhemoglobin level. For you and your wife, the level is normal, and nothing to worry. Lab to lab variation, int...  Read Full »

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