Blood Ketones

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Also known as: Serum or Plasma ketones; Beta-hydroxybutyrate; Ketone bodies; Ketoacids; Beta-hydroxybutyric acid; Acetoacetate; Acetoacetic acid; Acetone
Formal name: Blood Ketones
Related tests: Urine ketones (see Urinalysis - The Chemical Exam); Blood gases; Glucose

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether excessive ketones are present in the blood, to detect diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), to detect alcoholic ketoacidosis and to monitor ketogenic diet therapy used in the treatment of epilepsy.

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms associated with ketoacidosis or being monitored on a ketogenic diet.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm or a drop of blood from your finger.

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed.