Bicarbonate is chemical matter that shields and does not let the pH of the blood to get too acidic or too basic. The kidney and lungs stabilize the levels of bicarbonate in the body. If bicarbonate levels are extreme; ie too high or low, there could be a possibility of an issue with those organs. Thus the bicarbonate test is useful in assesing various conditions that affect the blood bicarbonate levels like lung disease, kidney disorders and metabolic conditions.
24 to 36 Hours
Common symptoms observed are:
Preparatory instructions during specimen collection*:
No Fasting Required.
No other special preparations required.
Specimen type:Serum(Blood Sample)
Specimen collection procedure:Venipuncture(Collection of blood from a vein, usually from the arm)
|23 to 29 MEq/L **||Normal|
‘*A Reference range is a set of values which helps the healthcare professional to interpret a medical test. It may vary with age, gender, and other factors. Reference ranges may also vary between labs, in value & units depending on instruments used and method of establishment of reference ranges’
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