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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — bicarbonate

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Description

The clinical test for bicarbonate acquired from a patient's serum is a blood test. The test measures the amount of bicarbonate in the blood. Bicarbonate is a type of electrolyte that helps regulate the body's pH balance.

To obtain the bicarbonate level, a sample of the patient's blood is taken and sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will measure the amount of bicarbonate in the sample using a technique called ion-selective electrode. This technique measures the electrical potential of the bicarbonate ions in the sample. The results of the test will be reported as a numerical value, usually in millimoles per liter (mmol/L).

Synonyms
  • HCO3
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Bicarbonate
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All of the following must be considered when interpreting clinical findings and are too extensive to be covered on this site: