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Clinical Laboratory Test:
serum — uric acid

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Description

Uric acid is a waste product of the body's metabolism of purines, which are found in certain foods. It is typically measured in a patient's serum, which is the liquid portion of the blood. To obtain a sample of serum for testing, a healthcare provider will draw blood from a vein in the patient's arm. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis. The laboratory will measure the amount of uric acid in the sample using a method called enzymatic colorimetric assay. This method uses an enzyme to convert the uric acid in the sample into a colored product, which is then measured using a spectrophotometer. The amount of color produced is proportional to the amount of uric acid in the sample.

Synonyms
  • urate
Other Sample Sources for This Test
Some Diseases Associated with an Abnormal Uric Acid
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