Beta-hydroxybutyric acid--an indicator for an alcoholic ketoacidosis as cause of death in deceased alcohol abusers.

@article{Iten2000BetahydroxybutyricAI,
  title={Beta-hydroxybutyric acid--an indicator for an alcoholic ketoacidosis as cause of death in deceased alcohol abusers.},
  author={Peter X Iten and Matthias Meier},
  journal={Journal of forensic sciences},
  year={2000},
  volume={45 3},
  pages={624-32}
}
We analyzed the postmortem blood of a total of 100 fatal cases for beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHBA). In 25 cases of sudden and unexpected death of alcoholics we found pathologically increased levels of BHBA of 1260 to 47200 (median 8000) micromol/L. This led us to the diagnosis of an alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA) as cause of death in these cases. The control group of 69 postmortem cases revealed that BHBA concentrations below 500 can be regarded as normal, and values up to 2500 micromol/L as… CONTINUE READING