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Chloride (Cl)

Also known as: Cl
Formal name: Chloride
Related tests: Sodium, Potassium, Bicarbonate (total CO2), Electrolytes, CMP, BMP, Blood Gases

 

  • Why should I do it?

To determine if there is a problem with your body's electrolyte balance or acid-base balance and to monitor treatment

 

  • When should I do it?

As part of a standard electrolyte panel or metabolic panel or if your doctor thinks that you have an electrolyte imbalance

 

  • What Kind of Sample is Needed?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm; sometimes a random or 24-hour urine sample

 

  • Test Preparation Needed?

None