Imperial Collage Healthcare


Test Background
Acetoacetate is a ketone body derived from fatty acid metabolism that accumulates in carbohydrate deficient states and in diabetic ketoacidosis.

Clinical Indications
Investigation of hypoglycaemia in suspected fatty acid oxidation defects and ketoacidosis.

Reference Range
See report

Sample Required
Must be collected under special conditions, please contact Duty Biochemist for requirements.

Turnaround Time
Up to 6 weeks

A separate sample for beta-hydroxybutyrate should be taken at the same time. Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test.

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