Also Known As
Serum Urate, Serum and Urine
The Purpose of a Uric Acid Test
Uric acid is a normal chemical the body produces as it breaks down foods (such as dried beans, liver, and beer) that contain organic compounds called purines. Most uric acid dissolves in the blood, filters through the kidneys, and then is excreted from the body during urination. However, with a higher level of uric acid, the body may not be able to eliminate it, which raises the risk of conditions such as gout, kidney stones, and kidney disease.
What Does the Blood Test for Uric Acid Measure?
This test determines whether you have high levels of uric acid in the blood.
Who Should Take a Uric Acid Lab Test?
Uric acid tests can be helpful in diagnosing gout or kidney stones. Joint pain, swelling, or unusual warmth in the joint area are typical signs of gout. Kidney stones often trigger groin, back, or stomach pain, as well as bloody or cloudy urine, pain when urinating, and nausea or vomiting. Individuals who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer may use a uric acid lab test to monitor their levels.
Uric Acid Testing Preparation
You must fast for four hours before completing your uric acid blood work.
Uric Acid Blood Work Results
Generally, a measurement between 3.5 and 7.2 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL) is considered normal for uric acid. More kidney testing may be required, depending on your results. We can offer guidance during a telehealth appointment with one of our board-certified physicians, who may recommend lifestyle modifications or medication.
Where Can I Get a Uric Acid Blood Test Near Me?
You can count on Personalabs for a comprehensive selection of health tests, including blood tests for uric acid. Just shop for the test you want to purchase online and follow these steps to get the answers you need to take charge of your health:
Step 1: Download the lab order for the test you’ve purchased. (Just make sure you don’t need a doctor’s approval in advance; this depends on the state where you live.)
Step 2: Use our locator to find the closest lab. We offer more than 4,000 labs to choose from nationwide, thanks to partnerships with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics.
Step 3: Get your blood drawn for your uric acid testing, and bring your test order with you to the appointment.
Step 4: You can expect results in your secure Personalabs portal within 2 to 10 business days. (If needed, contact us to get a specific turnaround time from the lab.)
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