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Blood Ketones

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Also known as: Serum Ketone; Plasma Ketone; Beta-hydroxybutyrate; Ketone Bodies; Beta-hydroxybutyric Acid; Acetoacetate; Acetoacetic Acid; Acetone
Formal name: Blood Ketones
Related tests: Urine ketones (see Urinalysis - The Chemical Exam); Blood Gases; Glucose

Were you looking for urine ketones? Urine ketone testing is more common than blood ketone testing and may be performed as part of a urinalysis.

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To determine whether excessive ketones are present in the blood, to detect diabetic ketoacidosis

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms associated with ketoacidosis

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm or from a fingerstick

Test Preparation Needed?