FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF A BASIC METABOLIC PANEL?
A basic metabolic panel uses a blood sample to test for eight different substances in the blood. These substances are glucose, calcium, sodium, potassium, carbon dioxide (bicarbonate), chloride, creatinine, and blood urea nitrogen.
Important indicators relating to your kidney function, metabolism, electrolyte balance, and blood sugar levels can be provided by the test.
At StudioMD, Dr. Gupdta will ask to check your BPM levels as part of your physical exam before weight loss treatments. He may also use them to monitor specific health conditions in the process.
HOW DO MY TEST RESULTS TRANSLATE?
The results of the test may differ depending on your age, gender, health history, the method used for the test, and other factors. You should always seek clarification with your doctor about the significance of your test results. The normal adult range of each individual measure within the test can differ between laboratories.
A variety of medical conditions can also result in out-of-range results. Dehydration, diabetes-related complications, lung problems, and kidney or liver problems are examples. If a test result is abnormally high or low, your doctor will typically order one or more follow-up tests to determine the cause.
WHAT IS THE COST OF A BMP TEST?
The cost of a basic metabolic panel can vary depending on a number of factors. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, where you have your BMP performed, whether or not you have insurance, and whether or not you have other blood tests performed. In general, the cost of a BMP test at a laboratory ranges between $30 to $80.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS OF TAKING A BASIC METABOLIC PANEL TEST?
You can expect to feel some moderate pain or a mild pinching sensation while the blood is collected. After the needle is removed, you may feel a throbbing sensation and you’ll be instructed to apply pressure to the site to prevent any bleeding. For that same reason, a bandage will be applied and will need to remain in place for a few minutes. Additional risks are very rare, but can include lightheadedness, bruising where blood accumulates under the skin, infection and excessive bleeding for a long period after the test. All of which may indicate a more serious bleeding condition and should be reported to your doctor as soon as possible.
HOW IS A COMPREHENSIVE METABOLIC PANEL DIFFERENT FROM A BASIC METABOLIC PANEL?
The Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP) adds additional emphasis on liver testing, which is the primary distinction between it and the Basic Metabolic Panel. This includes tests for total protein, alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), albumin, bilirubin, and alkaline phosphatase (Alk Phos). Both AST and ALT are enzymes produced in the liver. High levels of either enzyme can point to liver failure caused by anything from alcohol to a virus.