Why get tested?
Electrolyte panel checks if the electrolytes are present in the correct proportion in the body. An imbalance of electrolytes can result from disease conditions such as cardiovascular diseases, lung diseases, kidney diseases, muscle fatigue, blood clotting disorders, and diabetes.
What is being tested?
The electrolyte panel is also a part of the basic metabolic panel. It tests for multiple elements such as calcium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and carbon dioxide or bicarbonates. These substances are called electrolytes. A correct proportion of electrolytes in the body is essential for many functions.