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Test Code URIC Uric Acid, LAB141

Performing Laboratory

St. Luke's Hospital Cedar Rapids

Specimen Requirements

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Acceptable: Gold-top serum gel tube or plain red-top tube

Specimen Volume: 0.1 mL of plasma or serum

Stability:Separate specimens within two hours of collection and analyze immediately

              or store at 2 – 8°C and analyzed within 5 days. For longer storage, samples

              may be frozen at -20 °C for up to 6 months.

 

Reference Values

Males: 3.5-7.2 mg/dL
Females: 2.6-6.0 mg/dL

Useful For

Uric acid is a waste product, derived from purines in the diet and those synthesized in the body.  The healthy adult human body contains about 1.1 g of uric acid and about one sixth of this is present in the blood with the remainder being in other tissues.  The blood uric acid level reflects the balance between uric acid production and excretion.

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Methodology

Uricase

Test Classification and CPT Coding

84550