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Uric Acid in Blood

What To Think About

  • Having a high uric acid level does not mean that you have gout camera.gif. If your uric acid level is high and you do not have any other symptoms, you will not need to take any medicine to decrease your uric acid level.
  • A high level of uric acid in the blood does not always mean that a person with a painful joint has gout. Testing the fluid taken from an affected joint for the presence of uric acid crystals is the only sure method to diagnose gout. To learn more, see the topic Joint Fluid Analysis.
  • Uric acid may also be measured in urine. If your blood uric acid level is high, a 24-hour urine collection may help your doctor find out whether your body is producing too much uric acid or your kidneys are not getting rid of enough of it. To learn more, see the topic Uric Acid in Urine.
  • Uric acid blood levels vary from day to day. The level is usually higher in the morning and lower in the evening.
  • Blood uric acid levels that increase during pregnancy, even if the levels remain within the normal range, may help diagnose preeclampsia.

Related Information

Citations

  1. Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Other Works Consulted

  • Chernecky CC, Berger BJ (2008). Laboratory Tests and Diagnostic Procedures, 5th ed. St. Louis: Saunders.

  • Fischbach FT, Dunning MB III, eds. (2009). Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

  • Pagana KD, Pagana TJ (2010). Mosby’s Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Current as ofJune 12, 2012
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Last Updated: June 12, 2012
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