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SMA7 - CHEM-7


Overview & Description

In the past, the CHEM-7 was a set of seven tests that was performed on a single sample of blood. Doctors used to order groups or panels of laboratory tests in order to rule out different conditions. Now, doctors most often order each laboratory test separately depending on a person's specific condition.

Who is a candidate for the test?

This information can be found in the article for each test (see below for links to each test component).

How is the test performed?

This information can be found in the article for each test (see below for links to each test component).


Preparation & Expectations

What is involved in preparation for the test?

This information can be found in the article for each test (see below for links to each test component).


Results and Values

What do the test results mean?

Click on the links below to read more about the tests that were included in a CHEM-7:

  • Blood urea nitrogen
  • Serum chloride
  • Carbon dioxide, also known as CO2
  • Creatinine
  • Blood glucose
  • Serum potassium
  • Serum sodium

  • Attribution

    Author:David T. Moran, MD
    Date Written:
    Editor:Crist, Gayle P., MS, BA
    Edit Date:06/15/02
    Reviewer:Melinda Murray Ratini, DO
    Date Reviewed:06/03/02


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