Why It Is Done
A test for chloride may be done to:
- Check your chloride level if you are having symptoms such as muscle twitching or spasms, breathing problems, weakness, or confusion.
- Find out whether you have Reference kidney Opens New Window or Reference adrenal gland Opens New Window problems.
- Help find the cause for high blood pH. A condition called metabolic alkalosis can be caused by a loss of acid from your body (for example, from a loss of electrolytes through prolonged vomiting or diarrhea). You may also have metabolic alkalosis if your body loses too much sodium or you eat too much baking soda (sodium bicarbonate).
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference March 26, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Thomas M. Bailey, MD - Family Medicine