Uric Acid Test

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Also known as: Urate
Formal name: Uric Acid

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To detect high levels of uric acid, which could be a sign of the condition gout, or to monitor uric acid levels when undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy; to detect high levels of uric acid in the urine in order to diagnose the cause of kidney stones and to monitor those with gout who are at risk of developing such stones.  Uric Acid is also measured as part of the assessment of pre-eclampsia.

When to Get Tested?

When you have joint pain or other symptoms that your doctor suspects may be due to gout; when monitoring certain chemotherapy or radiation therapies for cancer; when you have recurrent kidney stones; when you have gout or are otherwise at risk for kidney stone formation

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in the arm or a 24-hour urine sample

Test Preparation Needed?

None may be needed however some institutions recommend fasting.  Follow any instructions you are given.