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Test Code KETB Ketones (Beta-Hydroxybutyrate), plasma or serum

Specimen Type

Blood

Container

Mint green top with gel separator

Preferred Volume

4 mL

Availability

24/7

Turnaround Time

3 hours

STAT Availability

Available

Test Usage

Useful for monitoring therapy for diabetic ketoacidosis and investigating the differential diagnosis of any patient presenting to the emergency room with hypoglycemia, acidosis, suspected alcohol ingestion, or an unexplained increase in the anion gap

Test Methodology

enzymatic spectrometric

Additional Information

Beta-hydroxybutyrate  is 1 of 3 sources of ketone bodies. Its relative proportion in the blood (78%) is greater than the other 2 ketone bodies, acetoacetate (20%) and acetone (2%).

CPT Code

82010

STAT Turnaround Time

1 hour

Reference Range

< 0.30 mmol/L

Critical Results

None

Minimum Volume

2 mL

Test Includes

quantitative determination of Beta-hydroxybutyrate in plasma

Fee Code

43193