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Electrolytes are minerals found in the blood, urine and other body fluids. Electrolytes play an important role in maintaining the fluid levels in the body, maintaining the acid base balance, monitoring the blood pressure and cardiac rhythm, smooth functioning of the muscles and the nerves and also in the overall functioning of the lungs and the kidneys. An electrolyte serum test is a blood test used to measure the levels of electrolytes in the blood.
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The electrolyte serum test is used to measure the amount of electrolytes in the blood. It is mainly done in cases of suspected fluid loss or acid-base imbalances like severe dehydration, burns , cancer etc. It is also done in known cases of lung diseases, cardiac impairments and renal diseases where the electrolyte levels may be affected.
Electrolyte serum test is a blood test measuring the electrolyte levels. The sodium, potassium, and chloride levels are mainly measured under it.
During a blood test, a health care professional will take a blood sample from a vein in your arm, using a small needle. After the needle is inserted, a small amount of blood will be collected into a test tube or vial. You may feel a little sting when the needle goes in or out. This usually takes less than five minutes.
Results show the levels for individual electrolytes and how it affects the various body systems. The electrolytes level maybe low in cases of severe dehydration, burns, cancers, kidney diseases, cardiac abnormalities, acidosis [ excess accumulation of acids in the body fluids] or alkalosis [ too much of bases in the blood]. Certain medications or severe vomiting may also affect the electrolyte levels in the blood. A few medical conditions may also lead to electrolyte overload leading to abnormally high electrolyte levels.
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