acetoacetic acid

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Related to acetoacetic acid: Ketone bodies, acetoacetic ester
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unstable acid found in abnormal amounts in the blood and urine in some cases of impaired metabolism (as diabetes mellitus or starvation)

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While the urine dipstick results in this patient were negative for ketones, it is important to recall that the urine dipstick assay detects acetoacetic acid but not the other ketones, acetone and beta -hydroxybutyric acid.
Normal brain cells can use ketone bodies -- acetone, acetoacetic acid and ?
Fat metabolism results in the accumulation of beta-hydroxybutyric (B-OH) acid and acetoacetic acid.
Therefore, if the presence of a slight but definite purple color that appeared less than the "small color block" was reported as negative, the presence of acetoacetic acid at detectable levels would be unreported.
The hydratase deficiency in these patients was identified by use of a radioactive enzyme assay measuring three consecutive steps of leucine degradation, from 3-methylcrotonyl-CoA to acetoacetic acid (12).