This test measures the quantity of uric acid in your blood or urine. When the body breaks down chemicals called purines, uric acid is a normal waste product that's made. Most uric acid liquifies in your blood, then goes to the kidneys. High uric acid levels can also cause other disorders, including kidney stones and kidney failure. Other names: product urate, uric acid: serum and urine A uric acid test is most typically used to: Help diagnose gout pain; Help discover the cause of regular kidney stones; Monitor the uric acid degree of people undergoing certain cancer treatments. Radiation treatment and radiation therapy can cause high degrees of uric acid to enter into the blood. You may also require a uric acid test if you have symptoms of gout pain. You may also require this test if you have symptoms of a kidney stone. The test can help ensure you get treated prior to levels get too high.
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