How is it used
A chloride test is used to detect any abnormal concentrations of chloride in the body. It is usually done along with other electrolytes and as a part of electrolyte panel. Chloride is an electrolyte which is a negatively charged ion that works with other electrolytes (such as potassium, sodium, and bicarbonate) to regulate the fluid levels in the body and maintain the acid-base balance. Chloride and electrolyte tests are done to diagnose cause of vomitings, diarrhea, and difficulty in breathing. If there is an electrolyte imbalance, electrolyte profile is done to treat and monitor the effectiveness of treatment. urine chloride levels can detect if the cause is a loss of salt (seen in dehydration, vomiting, or diuretics usage) or an excess of hormones ( cortisol or aldosterone) that can affect the electrolyte levels.