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Beta-hydroxybutyrate


Lab Code : CHEMRF


Test Background
Beta-hydroxybutyrate 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
Heparin (green top)


Sample Volume
0.5 mL


Turnaround Time
Up to 6 weeks


Notes
Glucose result should accompany request. Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test.


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