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Dr. Kennedy Chloride is the major anion (negatively charged atom) in the blood and extracellular fluid (the fluid that lies outside cells). Blood and other body fluids have almost the same concentration of chloride ion as sea water. The balance of chloride ion (abbreviated Cl-) is closely regulated by the body. Significant increases or decreases in chloride can have deleterious and even fatal consequences. Hyperchloremia is abnormally high blood chloride. Elevations in chloride may be seen in diarrhea, certain kidney diseases, and sometimes in overactivity of the parathyroid glands. Hypochloremia is abnormally low blood chloride. Chloride is normally lost in the urine, sweat, and stomach secretions. Excessive loss can occur from heavy sweating, vomiting, and adrenal gland and kidney disease.



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