The electrolyte pack is often requested either as part of the routine or as a component of the basic metabolic panel or the comprehensive metabolic panel.
It is used to detect electrolyte or acid-base disturbance and to follow the treatment of a disorder that affects the function of organs.
It may be requested as part of routine screening or for diagnosis when the patient has symptoms such as edema, nausea, weakness, confusion, or cardiac arrhythmias.
Electrolytes are often used in the treatment and follow-up of certain problems, including high blood pressure (hypertension), heart failure, and liver and kidney disease.
What to Look for in Electrolyte Tests