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Case studies of ketosis and the clinical utility of β-hydroxybutyrate
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  • Rebecca Levy, MD, Baystate Health
  • Chelsea Gordner, DO, Baystate Health
  • James Nichols, Baystate Health
Document Type
Article, Peer-reviewed
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Three case studies are described for patients presenting with ketosis. Patients have medical histories of type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes. These patients present with elevated blood and urine ketones associated with diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), alcoholic ketosis, and starvation-induced ketosis with a possible component of DKA. The metabolism of ketones and the physiology of DKA are described, and the various laboratory methodologies for analyzing blood and urine ketone bodies are also reviewed.
Citation Information
Levy R, Gordner C, Nichols J. Case studies of ketosis and the clinical utility of β-hydroxybutyrate. Point of Care, 12( 3 )141-143 .