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Beta-Hydroxybutyrate

Test Name:Beta-Hydroxybutyrate 
Epic Order Code:LAB50  
CPT Code:82247  
Specimen(s) Type:Plasma or Serum
Acceptable Container(s):Tops are light green and gold.
Testing Schedule:24 hrs/day, 7 days/week
Turn Around Time:STAT: 1 hour  
 Routine: 2 hours  
Collection Information:No special patient preparation is required. Obtain specimen by standard collection procedures.
Transport Information:Deliver to lab immediately. All specimens must be signed into the laboratory.
Reference Clients:If unable to deliver to the lab within 1 hour, centrifuge the specimen and remove plasma/serum from the red cells. Store and transport at 2-8° C. Specimen must be received in the lab within 24 hours.
Causes for Rejection:Improperly labeled, incorrect container, contaminated, insufficient quantity, incorrect/delay in transport.
Reference Range:0.2 - 2.81 mg/dL  
Additional Information:Ketone bodies are usually present in urine and blood, but in very low concentrations. Increased ketone concentrations detected in patients with known diabetes or in previously undiagnosed patients presenting with hyperglycemia is suggestive of DKA, a medical emergency.