Metabolic panel - comprehensive; Chem-20; SMA20; Sequential multi-channel analysis with computer-20; SMAC20; Metabolic panel 20
A comprehensive metabolic panel is a group of chemical tests performed on the blood serum (the part of blood that doesn't contain cells).
This test provides an overall picture of your body's metabolism. Metabolism refers to all the physical and chemical processes in the body that use energy.
A blood sample is needed. For information on how this is done, see: Venipuncture
You should not eat or drink for 8 hours before the test.
When the needle is inserted to draw blood, some people feel moderate pain, while others feel only a prick or stinging sensation. Afterward, there may be some throbbing.
This test will give your doctor information about:
Your doctor may order this test during a yearly exam or routine checkup.
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