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Test Code URIC Uric Acid

Specimen Type



Mint green top with gel separator

Preferred Volume

4 mL

UCMC Collection Instructions

Patients on rasburicase or similar medications should collect in lithium heparin plasma tube and must place collected blood on ice immediately for transport to Laboratory Service Center (LSC).



Turnaround Time

3 hours

STAT Availability

Not Available

Test Usage

Uric acid measurements are useful in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous renal and metabolic disorders, including renal failure, gout, leukemia, psoriasis, starvation or other wasting conditions, and of patients receiving cytotoxic drugs.

Test Methodology

Spectrophotometric, endpoint

CPT Code


Test Includes

quantitative determination of uric acid in plasma

Reference Range

Females: 2.0 – 7.5 mg/dL
Males: 2.0 – 8.0 mg/dL

Critical Results


Test Limitations

Uricase reacts specifically with uric acid. Other purine derivatives can inhibit the uric acid reaction.
alpha-methyldopa, desferoxamine and calcium dobesilate (e.g. Dexium) cause interference at therapeutic concentrations (uric acid level artificially low).

Minimum Volume

2 mL

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