What are the CBC findings in the workup of alcoholic ketoacidosis (AKA)?

Updated: Aug 27, 2020
  • Author: George Ansstas, MD; Chief Editor: Romesh Khardori, MD, PhD, FACP  more...
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Anemia may be present secondary to nutritional deficiencies, alcoholic bone marrow suppression, or GI bleeding. The hematocrit (Hct) may be falsely elevated from hemoconcentration in the presence of intravascular volume depletion. Other findings are a decreased white blood cell (WBC) macrocytosis (mean corpuscular volume [MCV] 100-110 fL). Thrombocytopenia may be present due to chronic liver disease.


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