Arterial Blood Gases
What Affects the Test
Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include the following:
- You have a fever or an abnormally low body temperature (hypothermia).
- You have a disease that affects how much oxygen is carried in your blood, such as severe Reference anemia Opens New Window or Reference polycythemia Opens New Window.
- You smoke just before the test or breathe secondhand smoke, carbon monoxide, or certain paint or varnish removers in closed or poorly ventilated areas.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 30, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Robert L. Cowie, MB, FCP(SA), MD, MSc, MFOM - Pulmonology