OverviewThe sweat electrolyte test is a test that measures the level of chloride in sweat. In children, increased sodium and chloride concentrations in sweat can indicate cystic fibrosis, an inherited disease that affects the respiratory and digestive system.
Update Date 6/9/2013
Updated by: Sameer Patel, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.