Chloride Level blood test checks for the level of chloride in the blood. Chloride is an electrolyte that helps keep a proper fluid and acid-base balance in your body. The chloride blood test, or serum chloride level, is often a part of a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) or a Basic Metabolic Panel (BMP).
A metabolic panel also measures your levels of other electrolytes, including carbon dioxide, potassium, and sodium. The proper balance of these electrolytes is critical for the normal functioning of the muscles, heart, and nerves. It’s also essential for normal fluid absorption and excretion.
Why should I get tested?
This test detects abnormal blood chloride levels to diagnose certain health conditions. These conditions include alkalosis, which happens when your blood is either too alkaline or basic, and acidosis, which happens when your blood is too acidic.
What kind of test is it?
Do I need to fast?
No fasting required.
How long does it take to get results?
It usually takes 3-5 business days.