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How is the uric acid blood test done?

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This test is a basic blood draw and takes just a few minutes. A lab tech will:

  • Clean the skin where the needle goes in
  • Wrap a rubber strap around your upper arm -- this creates pressure to make your veins swell with blood
  • Put a thin needle into a vein, usually on the inside of your arm at your elbow or in the back of your hand
  • Draw the blood
  • Remove the rubber strap and put a bandage on your arm or hand

From: What is a Uric Acid Blood Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Uric Acid (Blood).”

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: Uric Acid.”

Lab Test Online: “Uric Acid, “Kidney Stone Analysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gout.”

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diet for Kidney Stone Prevention.”

Scripps: “Uric Acid: Blood.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 27, 2017

SOURCES:

University of Rochester Medical Center: “Uric Acid (Blood).”

KidsHealth: “Blood Test: Uric Acid.”

Lab Test Online: “Uric Acid, “Kidney Stone Analysis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Gout.”

NIH, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Diet for Kidney Stone Prevention.”

Scripps: “Uric Acid: Blood.”

Reviewed by William Blahd on January 27, 2017

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