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Laboratory: Clinical Biochemistry
Test Name:
Test Code: BHB
Clinical Information:
Ketoacidosis results from increased ketogenesis with the accumulation of ketone bodies. Ketone bodies consist of D-beta-hydroxybutyrate, acetoacetate and acetone. In all forms of ketosis D-beta-hydroxybutyrate is the ketone body present in highest concentration.
Collection Devices:
Specimen Required:

Plasma: 2.0 mL

Stability 8 hours at room temperature, 7 days refrigerated or frozen
Serum: 2.0 mL

Samples must be transferred to an aliquot tube and stored frozen if analysis will not be complete within 48 hours (#110--10-05 Serum / Plasma Separation Procedure & Transport)
Reference Values:
0 - 7 y: <1.0 mmol/L                                    
> 7 y:   <0.3 mmol/L
Stat or Routine
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