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Category Biochemistry
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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 & container required Heparin (green top)
Sample volume 0.5 mL
Turnaround time Up to 6 weeks

Glucose result should accompany request.

Not currently performed in house; this is a referred test.