When you begin to treat DKA, it paradoxically appears to get worse on urinalysis before getting better.
WHY? Serum ketones will become more positive as keotacidosis is treated, because B-OH butyrate (not measured) and Acetoacetate (measured) will be converted to Acetone (measured, but not an acid)
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