Efficacy of quantitative capillary beta-hydroxybutyrate measurement in the diagnosis of diabetic ketoacidosis: a comparison to quantitative serum ketone measurement by nitroprusside reaction.


OBJECTIVE To examine the efficacy of using capillary beta-hydroxy butyrate (beta-OHB) levels in comparison with serum ketone levels in distinguishing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) from non-DKA states in patients who had severe hyperglycemia and to determine a cut-off level of capillary beta-OHB that is best for the diagnosis of DKA. MATERIAL AND METHOD… (More)


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