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Bicarbonate


Lab Code : BIC


Test Background
Also known as total CO2. It is an approximate indicator of acid-base status, eg. low in metabolic acidosis, high in compensated respiratory acidosis.


Clinical Indications
Electrolyte imbalance Diabetic ketoacidosis Kidney disease Ethylene glycol/methanol/salicylate poisoning Chronic lung disease / anion gap


Reference Range
22-29 mmol/L


Sample Required
SST (gold top)


Sample Volume
0.5 mL


Turnaround Time
1 day


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