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.