Uric Acid, Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 6 Hrs
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
- No special preparation required
To detect the increased levels of uric acid in the blood seen in conditions like gout. To monitor the levels of uric acid in blood when a person is undergoing chemo or radiotherapy. Helps to diagnose the cause of kidney stones and to monitor gout patients who are at a risk of developing these stones.
When there are symptoms like joint pains that may be due to gout. To monitor chemo or radiotherapy. Helps to diagnose the cause of kidney stones and to monitor gout patients who are at a risk of developing these stones.
1. What is gout?
High uric acid levels in the blood can form solid crystals in the joints. This leads to a painful condition known as gout. If gout is not treated, these uric acid crystals form deposits called tophi in the joints and tissues.
2. What is uric acid?
Uric acid is produced from the breakdown of body's cells and from the diet. Major fraction of the uric acid is filtered out by the kidneys and passes out in the urine. Rest of it passes out in the stool. If high levels of serum uric acid is produced (due to rapid cell turnover) or if the kidneys are unable to excrete it from the blood normally, the levels of blood uric acid increase.
3. What is the treatment for gout?
NSAIDs, steroids, colchicine and uric acid reducing drugs like allopurinol, probenicid etc.