Uric Acid in Urine
How It Is Done
A uric acid urine test is usually done at home. You must collect all the urine you produce in a 24-hour period.
- You start collecting your urine in the morning.
When you first get up, empty your bladder. But do not save this urine. Write
down the time that you urinated to mark the beginning of your 24-hour
- For the next 24 hours, collect all of your urine.
Your doctor or lab will usually provide you with a large container that holds
about 1 gal (4 L). The
container has a small amount of preservative in it. Urinate into a small, clean
container. Then pour the urine into the large container. Don't touch the
inside of the container with your fingers.
- Keep the large container
in the refrigerator when you aren't using it.
- Empty your bladder for the
last time at or just before the end of the 24-hour period. Add this urine to
the large container, and record the time.
- Do not get toilet paper,
pubic hair, stool (feces), menstrual blood, or other foreign matter in the
How It Feels
Taking a 24-hour urine sample does not cause pain.
A 24-hour urine sample doesn't cause any problems.
The uric acid urine test measures the
uric acid in a sample of urine collected over 24
These numbers are just a guide. The range for "normal" varies from lab to lab. Your lab may have a different range. Your lab report should show what range your lab uses for "normal." Also, your doctor will evaluate your results based on your health and other factors. So a number that is outside the normal range here may still be normal for you.
Results are usually available in 1 to 2 days.
Women typically have slightly lower uric acid
levels than men.
Many conditions can change uric acid
levels. Your doctor will talk with you about any abnormal results that may be
related to your symptoms and past health.