Uric Acid CPT: 84550
Expected Turnaround Time
Within 1 day
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Serum (preferred) or plasma
Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, green-top (heparin) tube, or lavender-top (EDTA) tube.
Separate serum or plasma from cells within 45 minutes of collection.
Maintain specimen at room temperature.
To detect high levels of uric acid in the blood, which could be a sign of the condition gout, or to monitor uric acid levels when undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment; to detect high levels of uric acid in the urine in order to diagnose the cause of kidney stones and to monitor those with gout who are at risk of developing such stones
When you have joint pain or other symptoms that your healthcare practitioner suspects may be due to gout; when you have had or are going to have certain chemotherapy or radiation therapies for cancer; when you have recurrent kidney stones; when you have gout or are otherwise at risk for kidney stone formation.
A blood sample drawn from a vein in the arm or a 24-hour urine sample.
None may be needed; however, some institutions recommend fasting. Follow any instructions you are given.