MARK E. MOLITCH, M.D.; ELISE RODMAN, M.D.; CARL A. HIRSCH, M.D.; ELI DUBINSKY, M.D.
Diabetic ketoacidosis is usually accompanied by dehydration resulting in prerenal azotemia, in which the levels of blood urea nitrogen are elevated out of proportion to those of the serum creatinine (1).
In contrast, 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
MOLITCH ME, RODMAN E, HIRSCH CA, DUBINSKY E. Spurious Serum Creatinine Elevations in Ketoacidosis. Ann Intern Med. 1980;93:280–281. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-2-280
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(2):280-281.
Cardiology, Coronary Risk Factors, Diabetes, Diabetic Nephropathy, Endocrine and Metabolism.
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