Measures the amount of chloride in the body.
Chloride is commonly measured along with other electrolytes to determine the individual’s overall physical condition, detect electrolyte imbalances as well as to detect various medical conditions.
Excess chloride (hyperchloremia) may indicate dehydration but may also exist in cases such as high blood pressure, respiratory alkalosis and metabolic acidosis. Malnutrition may also lead to low levels.
Low levels of chloride (hypochloremia) may exist when issues arise that cause low sodium levels. Congestive heart failure may also result in low levels of chloride as well as lung disease and metabolic alkalosis.
Recommended with Chloride
Is Fasting Required? No
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