MetLyte Plus panel

£46.00+ visit fee (from £24.00)

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9 tests included

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The Metlyte Plus panel is a frequently ordered panel of 9 tests that gives a healthcare provider important information about the current status of a person's metabolism, including the health of the kidneys, electrolyte and acid/base balance as well as levels of blood glucose and inflammation marker - CRP. Abnormal results, and especially combinations of abnormal results, can indicate a problem that needs to be addressed.

Indications

The panel may be ordered when a person has symptoms associated with muscle injury such as:
  • Muscle pain or aches
  • Muscle weakness
  • Dark urine (The urine may be dark because of the presence of myoglobin, another substance released by damaged muscles that can be harmful to the kidneys.)
Testing may be ordered when a person has nonspecific symptoms, especially when taking a drug or after exposure to a substance that has been linked with potential muscle damage.


Also, the Metlyte Plus panel is routinely ordered as part of a blood work-up for a medical exam or yearly physical. While the individual tests are sensitive, they do not usually tell a health practitioner specifically what is wrong. Abnormal test results or groups of test results are usually followed up with other specific tests to confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis.

About

The Metlyte Plus panel is used as a broad screening tool to evaluate organ function and check for conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, and kidney disease. The Metlyte Plus panel may also be ordered to monitor known conditions, such as hypertension or infections, and to monitor people taking specific medications for any kidney- or heart-related side effects. If a health practitioner is interested in following two or more individual Metlyte Plus panel components, he or she may order the entire Metlyte Plus panel because it offers more information.

Interpretation

Results of the tests that are part of the Metlyte Plus panel are typically evaluated together to look for patterns of results. A single abnormal test result may mean something different than if several test results are abnormal. For example, a high result on just one of the liver enzyme tests has different implications than high results on several liver enzyme tests.


Out-of-range results for any of the tests in the Metlyte Plus panel can be due to a variety of different conditions, including, for example, kidney failure, breathing problems, and diabetes-related complications. Typically, if any results are out-of-range, one or more follow-up tests are performed to help pinpoint the cause and/or help establish a diagnosis.


See the test pages on the individual tests for more detailed information about each one.

Preparation

You may need to fast (nothing but water) for 10 to 12 hours prior to the blood draw.

Disclaimer

The laboratory test results are NOT to be interpreted as results of a "stand-alone" test. The test results have to be interpreted after correlating with suitable clinical findings and additional supplemental tests/information. Your healthcare providers will explain the meaning of your tests results, based on the overall clinical scenario. Certain medications that you may be currently taking may influence the outcome of the test. Hence, it is important to inform your healthcare provider of the complete list of medications (including any herbal supplements) you are currently taking. This will help the healthcare provider interpret your test results more accurately and avoid unnecessary chances of a misdiagnosis.

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  • Book a visit

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  • Meet our medic

    We come to you on the day your visit is booked. Our medic will have all the required equipment to provide medical care to you and your family at your home, work, or a place of your choice.

  • Get the results

    We deliver results electronically via email, or by post to you and your doctor, if requested. Our medics can liaise with your doctor to help you get the care you need.