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What is a basic metabolic panel for acid-base metabolism disorders?

A basic metabolic panel is a commonly-used group of tests that can help doctors determine whether someone has an acid-base metabolism disorder, and if so, what kind. The tests measure kidney function, the blood's pH balance, blood sugar levels, and electrolyte balance. The basic metabolic panel includes the four tests that make up the electrolyte panel.

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