At a Glance
Why Get Tested?
Usually as part of a renal profile (collection of tests which help investigate the kidney), to screen for an electrolyte or acid-base imbalance in conditions known to cause such disturbances or to monitor a known imbalance
When to Get Tested?
May be part of a routine blood test that includes electrolyte measurements or may be requested by your doctor if you have a medical condition or are experiencing symptoms that could indicate problems with the acid-base balance of your body
A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm
Test Preparation Needed?