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Basic Metabolic Panel

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Also known as: BMP; Chemistry Panel; Chemistry Screen; Chem 7; SMA 7; SMAC7 (somewhat outdated terms)
Formal name: Basic Metabolic Panel

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To give your healthcare provider important information about the current status of your kidneys as well as electrolyte and acid/base balance and level of blood glucose

When to Get Tested?

As part of a routine health exam; when you are hospitalized, in the emergency room

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

You may need to fast for 10-12 hours prior to sample collection; follow any instructions you are given.