Anion Gap Blood Test

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022

An anion gap blood test is a way to examine the acid-base balance of your blood. The test uses the results of another blood test called an electrolyte panel. The anion gap gauges the difference or gap in between the adversely billed and positively billed electrolytes in your blood. Your blood is more acidic than normal if the anion gap is too high. Your blood isn't acidic sufficient if the anion gap is too low. Both high and low outcomes might be signs of a significant disorder in your body that requires attention. The anion gap blood test shows whether your electrolytes are out of balance or if your blood is not acidic or too acidic sufficient. Excessive acid in the blood is called acidosis. Insufficient acid in your blood is called alkalosis. Your health and wellness treatment provider might order an anion gap blood test if you have symptoms that your blood level of acidity might not be normal.

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