Chloride Urine Test, 24-Hour

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A sodium urine test determines if you are hydrated properly. It can also evaluate your kidney function, especially with regard to its sodium control properties.

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Also Known As Cl, Urine, Urine Cl
Preparation Urinate at 8am and discard the specimen. Then collect all urine in 24-hour period, ending with final collection at 8am the next morning. Refrigerate the collected urine between all voidings or keep it in a cool place. Screw the lid on securely. Transport the specimen promptly to the laboratory. Container must be labeled with full name, date and time collection started, and date and time collection finished.
Test Results 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The mineral sodium is used in every cell in your body. It is especially important for your muscles and nerves to work. The content of sodium in your urine can help you find sodium imbalances in your body. It can help to understand anomalous values in a blood test for sodium electrolytes. It can also help determine if the kidneys are working properly. Finally, this test can determine whether you are drinking too little or too much water.

Chloride is one of the blood's leading electrolytes. It helps to balance the amount of fluid inside and outside your cells. It also helps keep proper body fluids such as blood volume, blood pressure, and pH. Most of your body's chloride comes from the salt you eat. Chloride is absorbed into the intestines when you digest food. Extra chloride leaves the body through urination.

Low levels of sodium may cause kidney or hyponatremia in your urine. Hyponatremia means that you have low blood levels of sodium. Symptoms include fatigue, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite, hallucinations, headache, confusion or disorientation, loss of consciousness or coma.

Causes of low sodium in the urine are most likely caused by diarrhea, high levels of aldosterone hormones, cirrhosis, excessive sweating, kidney damage such as glomerulonephritis, hepatorenal syndrome or kidney failure, and congestive heart failure.

High levels of sodium may be due to diet, kidney problems or urinary hypernatremia. Hypernatremia means a high level of sodium in your blood. Symptoms include thirst, weakness, fatigue, insomnia, swelling of feet and hands, coma and rapid heartbeat.

High sodium causes in the urine can be due to a high sodium diet, problems with adrenal function, certain medications such as diuretics, salt-losing nephropathy or Bartter syndrome.

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