Also Known as Electrolyte Panel, Serum Electrolytes, Cl/K/NA
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electrolytes - serum
chloride - serum
potassium - serum / plasma
sodium - serum
Sample type: BLOOD
Age group: All age group
Electrolytes serum test helps to detect if there is an imbalance in electrolyte levels. Electrolytes are the minerals that are essential for body's metabolism, for proper functioning of the nerve and muscle, for maintenance of blood pH, and water balance.
The Electrolyte serum test is done:
• As a part of routine health check-up
• To detect imbalance of electrolyte levels
• To detect acid-base imbalance
Frequently asked questions
How is the blood sample taken?
To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
What are the signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalance?
The signs and symptoms of electrolyte imbalance include headache, confusion, nausea, vomiting, loss of energy, fatigue, drowsiness, muscle weakness, spasms or cramps, seizures, and coma.
What is hyponatremia and hypernatremia?
Low levels of sodium are known as hyponatremia and high levels of sodium are known as hypernatremia.
What is hypokalemia and hyperkalemia?
Low levels of potassium are known as hypokalemia and high levels of potassium are known as hyperkalemia.
How can an imbalance of electrolyte levels be prevented?
Imbalance of electrolyte levels can be prevented by drinking lot of water, and drinks containing electrolytes.
Should I inform my doctor if I am taking any medicines?
Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.