Chloride Serum Test is a blood test that helps measure the level of Chloride in the blood. Chloride is an electrically charged mineral in the body that works with sodium and potassium to balance acids and bases in the body.
Why get tested?
Chloride Serum Test is performed to determine levels of Chloride in the body to diagnose acidosis and alkalosis. These are the conditions that are associated with the imbalance of acids and bases in the body.
This test includes
The test does not require any specific preparations, but below mentioned are a few points that must be kept in mind prior to undergoing the Chloride Serum Test-
It is advisable to take the tests early morning to get the accurate result.
A night of proper sleep is also advisable to get accurate results.
Use of alcohol and other addictives is prohibited for at least 24 hours before undergoing the test.
Do not smoke beforehand.
Intake of any medication should be discussed with the doctor before taking the test so as to avoid getting any misinterpreted results.
Frequently asked questions
Q.What is acidosis?
Acidosis is a condition associated with the overproduction of acid in the blood or an excessive loss of bicarbonate from the blood. It is usually caused due to abnormal levels of chloride in the body.
Q.What is meant by alkalosis?
Alkalosis is a condition associated with the excessive alkalization of the fluids in the body. The condition is characterized by weakness and cramps.