A comprehensive metabolic panel is a group of blood tests. They provide an overall picture of your body's chemical balance and metabolism. Metabolism refers to all the physical and chemical processes in the body that use energy.
Why the Test is Performed
This test gives your health care provider information about:
How your kidneys and liver are working
Blood sugar and calcium levels
Sodium, potassium, and chloride levels (called electrolytes)
Your provider may order this test to check you for side effects of medicines or diabetes, or for liver or kidney disease.
What Abnormal Results Mean
Abnormal results can be due to a variety of different medical conditions. These may include kidney failure, liver disease, breathing problems, and diabetes or diabetes complications.