Is on-admission capillary blood beta-hydroxybutyrate concentration associated with the acute stroke severity and short-term functional outcome?

OBJECTIVES In conditions with reduced glucose levels/inability of glucose utilization, ketone bodies, especially beta-hydroxybutyrate (BHB), become a major energy source in the brain. In animal models, BHB infusion shows acute beneficial effects on the hypoxic brain. The present prospective observational study is the first to assess the relationship between… CONTINUE READING