Specimen: 2 mL (0.5 mL min.) serum from 1 SST. Ship refrigerated or frozen.
Stability (Room): 6 hrs
Stability (Refrigerated): 12 hrs
Stability (Frozen): 4 weeks
Price: Contact Medilab
Turnaround time (TAT): 10 – 15 days
Usage: Beta hydroxybutyrate ( the predominant ketone) is an extremely reliable guide for monitoring insulin therapy in the treatment of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). During successful therapy, total ketones & beta Hydroxybutyrate decreases but acetoacetate increases. It may produce a paradoxical situation, as ketosis may appear to worsen because most of the tests for ketosis detects acetoacetate only whereas Beta hydroxybutyrate measurement quantitate this decrease.
Specialty: Diabetologist, Physician
Home Collection: Available
Pre-test Information: No special preparation required