The chloride test measures the amount of chloride in your blood. Chloride is a chemical your body needs for metabolism (the process of turning the food you eat into energy). It also helps keep your body's acid-base balance. The amount of chloride in your blood is carefully controlled by your kidneys.
Your blood chloride level may be measured to check:
This test may also be done to check certain medical treatments. Some medicines can cause the body's chloride level to go up or down.
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 result of your test.
The normal blood chloride range for adults in most labs is 95 to 105 milliequivalents (mEq) per liter. The normal range may vary slightly from lab to lab. Normal ranges are usually shown next to your results in the lab report.
Your blood level of chloride may be higher than normal if:
Your blood level of chloride may be lower than normal if:
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: