Imperial Collage Healthcare

Beta-hydroxybutyrate


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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