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Uric Acid - Serum

Also Known as Urate, Uric Acid Test, Serum Uric Acid
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  • uric acid - serum

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    Sample type: BLOOD
    Gender: Both
    Age group: All age group
    The Uric acid – Serum test measures the levels of uric acid in the blood. Uric acid is a waste product that is produced normally when the body breaks down chemicals known as purines. These are the substances that are found in the cells of the body and in some of the foods. The Uric acid – Serum test is done: • To diagnose gout • To find the cause of kidney stones • To monitor the levels of uric acid in patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy

    Frequently asked questions

    To take the blood sample, a tourniquet (elastic) band is placed tightly on the upper arm. The patient is asked to make a fist. This helps in the buildup of blood filling the veins and it becomes easy to collect the blood. The skin is cleaned before inserting the needle in the vein in order to prevent bacteria from entering. The needle is then inserted into the vein in the arm and the blood sample is collected in the vacutainer.
    Gout is a complex form of arthritis that can affect any person. The most common affected area is the joint at the base of the big toe. The symptoms of gout include intense pain in joints, discomfort, inflammation and redness, and limited range of motion.
    The major risk factor of gout is increased levels of uric acid in the body. Other risk factors include diet which can raise the levels of uric acid such as meat, seafood, and sweetened beverages; being overweight, untreated high blood pressure, chronic conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart, and kidney diseases; effect of certain medications such as thiazide diuretics, having a family history of gout, and in patients who recently got surgery or trauma.
    The symptoms which indicate the presence of kidney stones include pain in the lower back, side, abdomen, or groin; nausea, increased urge to urinate, discomfort and pain while urinating, presence of blood in urine, and foul-smelling urine.
    The risk factors associated with high levels of uric acid include alcohol intake, medicines used to treat heart diseases, exposure to lead, pesticides; kidney disease, high blood pressure, high blood glucose levels, hypothyroidism, obesity, and extreme levels of physical activity.
    Yes, please inform your doctor if you are taking any medicines or supplements as it might interfere with the test results.
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