A chloride test measures the level of chloride in your blood. Chloride is one of the most important electrolytes in the blood. It helps keep the amount of fluid inside and outside of your cells in balance. It also helps maintain proper blood volume, blood pressure, and the pH of your body fluids. Most of the chloride in your body comes from the salt (sodium chloride) you eat.
A test for chloride may be done to:
You do not need to do anything before you have this test.
A health professional takes a sample of your blood.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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