This laboratory test is performed on a blood sample to measure the levels of chloride in the blood. Chloride is an electrolyte, responsible for the maintenance of fluid and electrolyte balance in the body. It helps in maintaining electrical neutrality at the cellular level by moving in and out of the cells as required.
Why is this test performed?
This test is performed:
As a part of routine health check-up
To help in the diagnosis of electrolyte imbalance in the body
To help in the diagnosis of fluid and pH imbalance in the body
To help in the diagnosis of acidosis and alkalosis
Collecting sample: A healthcare professional will collect blood from your vein into a test tube or from the heel stick, in the case of infants.
The sample is sent to the laboratory for analysis.
What are the symptoms of Hyperchloremia (high blood chloride)?
High blood pressure
What are the symptoms of Hypochloremia (low blood chloride)?
Which medicines might affect my test results?
How to prepare for this test?
No special preparations are required for this test. However, inform your doctor about your complete medical and drug history. Wear a short-sleeved shirt to aid the collection of sample.
What are the risks of this test?
Collecting blood from a vein is a very easy procedure and pose only minimum risk, including: