Uric Acid Test
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About Our Uric Acid Test
Note: Fasting is not required for this test.
This blood test measures uric acid levels. Uric acid measurements are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of gout, renal failure, and a variety of other disorders including leukemia, psoriasis, starvation, and other wasting conditions. Uric acid is a chemical compound that is created when the body breaks down purine compounds.
Purines and uric acid are found in some high-protein foods and some drinks:
- Organ meats; Liver, Kidney
- Anchovies, Sardines, Mackerel, Herring
- Dried beans/peas
Most uric acid dissolves in blood and travels to the kidneys to be filtered into the urine. If your body produces too much uric acid and/or doesn't remove enough if it, you can become ill. Hyperuricemia is a condition in which there is a high level of uric acid in the blood.
This blood test is used to detect high levels of uric acid, and is useful in the diagnosis and treatment of gout, renal failure, and a variety of other disorders including leukemia, psoriasis, starvation, and other wasting conditions.
The test is also used to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer.