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Alcoholic Ketoacidosis and Beta-Hydroxybutyric Acid (BHBA)

Specialty:

Endocrinology, Nutrition & Dermatology
Clinical Laboratory

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Description:

Alcoholics may develop ketoacidosis as a consequence of high ethanol intake and poor diet. The presence of elevated beta-hydroxybutyric acid (BHBA) can help identify alcoholic ketoacidosis and can help establish the cause of death in deceased alcoholics.

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