Ketoacidosis Diagnosis

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Wed, 06/23/2010

Ketosis increases the blood-glucose level, releases ketones and dehydration. Therefore, ketosis test involves glucose test, ketone test and electrolyte test.

Ketoacidosis diagnosis tests

  • Blood-glucose level - If there is no longer enough insulin in the body to allow glucose to burn by the cells for energy, the glucose level will rise (hyperglycemia). Then body begins to break down fat for energy; so blood-sugar level will continue to rise. Test blood-glucose level using a home glucose monitor.
  • Ketone level - When the body breaks down fat for energy, toxic acids called ketones are produce and circulates in the bloodstream. Kidney filters and sent out this, thus ketone test strips measure available ketones in urine.
  • Electrolyte test: Potassium, sodium, blood urea, serums are the electrolyte tests for ketoacidosis.
  • Urine pH test measures the acidity of urine.

Additional tests for diabetes ketoacidosis

  • Urinalysis,
  • Chest X-ray,
  • Electrocardiogram

Doctors may need the above test to determine what triggered or what damage diabetic ketoacidosis caused.