Fluid & Electrolyte Tests
Carbon Dioxide – Part of the electrolyte pane used to detect, evaluate and monitor electrolyte imbalances.
Sodium, Potassium, and Chloride – “Electrolytes” help make up the “salt balance” and acid/base balance in the body. They can be affected by diuretics or “water pills”, high blood pressure, heart failure, kidney and lung disease. The balance among these elements is important for proper functioning of the heart and brain.
Alkaline Phosphatase – A bone and liver enzyme. High values are associated with liver and gall-bladder disease. Expect to see higher values in adolescents and pregnant or breast feeding women. Low values are probably not significant, but can only be confirmed by your physician.
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