The panel-7 test involves 7 different tests to measure 7 chemicals in the blood: sodium, potassium, chloride, bicarbonate, glucose, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and creatinine. Other names for this test are chem-7, chem panel, or electrolyte panel.
This test is done to check for:
A small amount of blood is taken from your arm with a needle. The blood is collected in tubes and sent to a lab.
Having this test will take just a few minutes.
Ask your healthcare provider when and how you will get the results of the test.
The levels of these chemicals in your blood can be affected by many conditions. For example:
Test results are only one part of a larger picture that takes into account your medical history and current health. Sometimes a test needs to be repeated to check the first result. Talk to your healthcare provider about your result and ask questions.
If your test results are not normal, ask your healthcare provider: