Spurious serum creatinine elevations in ketoacidosis

M. E. Molitch, E. Rodman, C. A. Hirsch, E. Dubinsky

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One patient who had been admitted to our hospital in diabetic ketoacidosis a number of times consistently displayed serum creatinine levels repeatedly elevated out of proportion to her blood urea nitrogen levels but had normal renal function between episodes of ketoacidosis. Investigation showed the elevated creatinine levels to be due to the artifactual interference of acetoacetate in the automated measurement of serum creatinine, a fact not widely known by clinicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)280-281
Number of pages2
JournalAnnals of internal medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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