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Also known as:  Cl
Formal name: Chloride

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine if there is a problem with your body's electrolyte balance or acid-base balance and to monitor treatment

When to Get Tested?

As part of a standard electrolyte panel or metabolic panel or if your doctor thinks that you have an electrolyte imbalance

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm; sometimes a random or 24-hour urine sample

Test Preparation Needed?