Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)

The CMP blood test checks the Basic Metabolic Panel and various liver markers.

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Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) FAQ

What is tested in a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel Test?

This panel measures the blood electrolyte levels of Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Bicarbonate, Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), Creatinine & Glucose. This panel also checks the ALT/SGPT, Albumin, Alkaline Phosphatase, AST/SGOT, Bilirubin Total, and Total Protein.

Why are the electrolytes in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel test important?

Sodium and Potassium are important for nerve and muscle function. Bicarbonate and Chloride levels are related to the body's acid-base balance and abnormalities can cause weakness or fatigue. The BUN and Creatinine tests assess your kidney function and an elevated ratio may suggest dehydration. The Glucose test screens for diabetes by measuring your blood sugar level.

Why are the liver markers in the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel important?

ALT and AST are liver enzymes that are released into the blood when the liver is damaged. Alkaline Phosphatase is an enzyme found in the biliary tree and the bone. It can be released when the bile duct is blocked or inflamed. Bilirubin is a metabolite of red blood cell breakdown and elevated bilirubin causes jaundice. Albumin and Total Protein level will check your overall nutritional status.

What type of specimen will I submit?

This Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) is a blood test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

An 8-12 hour fast is recommended before testing.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

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Last updated on September 13, 2017

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CMP Blood Test - More Information

The comprehensive metabolic panel test, also known as the CMP test or the CMP blood test, is a commonly ordered blood panel that checks levels of various important metabolites and electrolytes in the blood.

The CMP test consists of, as the name suggests, a relatively comprehensive set of screening lab tests that can look for abnormalities in various organs like the kidney and liver. Additionally, this metabolic panel is helpful for screening for diabetes, acid-base disturbances, dehydration, protein imbalances and electrolyte abnormalities.

When considering this lab test, some people want to know how it differs from the BMP, or Basic Metabolic Panel. In comparing the CMP versus the BMP blood tests, the comprehensive metabolic panel is actually a more comprehensive form of the basic metabolic panel test because it also includes a set of liver function tests. Thus, for many people, the CMP test is of greater interest given the information it adds about the health of the liver.

The comprehensive metabolic panel is often ordered as part of a routine or annual physical and also as part of a basic screen for most Emergency Room patients. Ideally, an 8-12 hour fast is performed before getting a CMP blood test done but this does not always occur, particularly in emergencies. Because the CMP test is so commonly performed, most lab locations can perform it and it usually only requires a small amount of blood (<2 mL) to perform the test.

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