From Hazel Park, Michigan, USA:
My 12 year old daughter showed high levels of blood acetone in the emergency room, and I was told it could be either of two things -- she was using inhalants of some kind, or she could have diabetes. I know I am her mother, but I believe her when she tells me she didn't use anything, and we have a family history of diabetes on both sides of our family. Is this true about acetone?
The causes of blood acetone include:
- Fasting, or if ill, not eating for a while, causing breakdown of fats to ketones which the test measures. While I don't know why your daughter was in the in ER, this is common if she was vomiting.
- An inherited abnormality of metabolism which is not likely as it makes infants ill.
- If it were diabetes, the blood sugar should be high most of the time.
- Substance abuse is actually news to me, but I understand reported according to an ER doctor.
Original posting 26 Feb 2002
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