Medical Specialty >> Endocrinology

Doctors Lounge - Endocrinology Answers

Back to Endocrinology Answers List

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. Doctors Lounge (www.doctorslounge.com) does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions, or other information that may be mentioned on the Site.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided on www.doctorslounge.com is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient/site visitor and his/her physician. Please read our 'Terms and Conditions of Use' carefully before using this site.

Date of last update: 10/17/2017.

Forum Name: Endocrinology Topics

Question: trace amounts of ketones in urine


 Sweet Pea - Sat Dec 05, 2009 4:03 pm

For the past month, I have sometimes noticed a very sweet smell when urinating, as well as when exhaling through my nose. Urinalysis strips show I sometimes have trace amounts of ketones, but never any glucose. Could this possibly be the early onset of diabetes, or would glucose be present as well? (I have also lost 10 pounds, which I don't mind, but I haven't changed my eating patterns--I am 5'3 and I went from 142 lbs to 132 lbs. In addition, I'm experiencing genital itching which may be my first vaginal yeast infection.)
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Fri Dec 11, 2009 3:28 am

User avatar Hello,A low pH and other substances containing sulfhydryl group such as antihypertensive drugs,N acetylcystene,high sulfur foods may show traces of ketones in the urine as a false positive reaction.Since you do not have glycosuria keosis is unlikely.Starvation diets could again show ketones.Best for you to get evaluated by your doctor and get the blood tests done, to be sure.Best wishes.

| Check a doctor's response to similar questions

Are you a Doctor, Pharmacist, PA or a Nurse?

Join the Doctors Lounge online medical community

  • Editorial activities: Publish, peer review, edit online articles.

  • Ask a Doctor Teams: Respond to patient questions and discuss challenging presentations with other members.

Doctors Lounge Membership Application

Tools & Services: Follow DoctorsLounge on Twitter Follow us on Twitter | RSS News | Newsletter | Contact us