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From New York, New York, USA:

My son, age 13, has just had a physical at our doctor's office and a trace of ketones was found in his urine sample. What does this mean?


If your son is not a diabetic and had trace ketones in his urine, I wouldn't worry. Most of the time this can be due to being a little dehydrated and corrects with simply drinking more water. If he is a diabetic, this likely is an early warning that he could get sick from his diabetes with DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis).

The presence of ketones in the urine of a child that does not have diabetes does not place that child at risk of diabetes unless there is sugar in the urine also.


Original posting 27 Oct 1999
Posted to Diagnosis and Symptoms


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