FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHY HAVE A BASIC METABOLIC PANEL (BMP)?
This panel measures the levels of eight different components that are critical for normal body functions, such as your metabolism, kidney health, blood glucose levels, electrolyte and acid base balance. If the results are not within standard limits, it is usually due to a malfunction that must be treated and managed. This test is also used to monitor patients with hypertension and hypokalemia. Every routine general physical should include the BMP test as a key indicator.
WHAT CAN CAUSE AN INCREASE IN BMP LEVELS?
Many prescription and over-the-counter drugs may have an impact on test results. It is critical that your doctor considers all of the medications you are taking.
Other blood tests may be ordered by your healthcare provider based on your symptoms or current health conditions.
WHAT ARE GOOD BMP RESULTS?
A BMP test has no specific "good" result. Because the test covers such a broad range of topics, ‘normal’ varies from individual to individual. A column of reference range levels will be included in your results paper. Ideally, your numbers should fall within the range. If they don't, your doctor may want to run more tests to see if it was a random occurrence or if you have a medical problem that requires treatment.
HOW MUCH DOES A BMP TEST COST?
A number of factors can influence the overall cost of your BMP. 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 basic metabolic panel at a laboratory ranges from $30 to $80.