Test Results & Interpretations
Overview of Chloride
The blood chloride test is usually ordered as part of basic metabolic panel, which is ordered frequently as part of a routine physical. It may be ordered when acidosis or alkalosis is suspected or you have an acute condition with symptoms that may include the following like prolonged vomiting and/or diarrhea, weakness, fatigue, respiratory distress. It can also be ordered if you are taking a medicine that can cause electrolyte imbalance. Metabolic panel is ordered to monitor certain problems including high blood pressure, heart failure, or kidney disease.
Why Get Tested
- As a part of basic metabolic panel or an electrolyte panel
- In cases of suspected acidosis or alkalosis
- If you have an acute condition with symptoms like weakness, fatigue, prolonged vomiting, difficolty in breathing
- To monitor certain problems like high blood pressure, heart failure, liver or kidney disease
- No special preparation required
What Results of Chloride mean?
- Increased level of blood chloride may be seen in dehydration but can also occur with other problems that cause high sodium like Cushing's syndrome or kidney disease
- Decreased level of blood chloride may be seen with conditions causing low sodium levels like congestive heart failure, prolonged vomiting, emphysema, lung diseases
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