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Clinical Tests for Electrolyte Levels - Chapter Summary
Use these lessons to further explore the clinical tests that are given to test electrolyte levels. The easy-to-follow video lessons help you grasp the material that is taught in this chapter. There are also lesson transcripts accompanying each video lesson if you would prefer to read the lessons. This chapter can teach you information such as:
- Ways to compare normal ranges for electrolytes such as sodium, chloride, potassium and calcium
- What can cause a variance in electrolyte levels
- What are normal values of electrolytes in urine tests
- Difference between amylase and lipase
1. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Sodium
This lesson discusses the electrolyte sodium. We will go over what it is, why it's important, and what may cause the relative levels of sodium to increase or decrease in the body.
2. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Chloride
This lesson will discuss the importance of the chloride ion in diagnostic testing. You'll learn in which major conditions it can be elevated or decreased in the serum.
3. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Potassium
This lesson will discuss hyperkalemia and hypokalemia as well as what may cause either one. We will also cover the dangers associated with increased levels of potassium in our body.
4. Major Electrolyte Levels in the Blood: Calcium
This lesson will discuss some major causes of increased and decreased levels of calcium in our body as well as the important signs and symptoms that may occur as a result.
5. Electrolytes in Urine: Normal Lab Values and Causes of Change
This lesson will discuss four major electrolytes that are found in your blood. But we'll be discussing the significance of finding more or less than normal amounts of them in your urine.
6. Amylase and Pancreatic Lipase: Causes & Associated Conditions
This lesson will focus in on two important enzymes produced by the pancreas known as amylase and lipase. We'll discuss what their elevations during blood tests may indicate.
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