You must note that not every time having high uric acid levels indicate gout or kidney diseases. While there are also chances of the result indicating the normal range and you still developing kidney disease or gout.
Low levels of uric acid in the blood is an indication that you are consuming food that has purines in less amount, or you have Wilson’s disease or Fanconi syndrome.
After diagnosing your health condition based on the results, your doctor may suggest if you need to undergo any treatments and take medications. Your doctor may also provide you with a list of foods to eat and avoid.
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When should Uric Acid Test be Repeated?
If you are undergoing treatment for kidney disease or gout, you will be asked to repeat the test to check the effectiveness of the treatment and medications. For those undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, your doctor will ask you to repeat the test regularly to check the uric acid levels in the blood.
Procedure for Uric Acid Test
The process of performing a uric acid test is similar to other blood tests.
- For the test, the selected area in your arm will be cleaned using an antiseptic.
- The healthcare professional will tie a band around your upper arm so that the veins are filled with blood.
- Later, he/she will insert a needle into a vein and draw blood.
- The collected blood is stored and sent for analysis.
- The healthcare expert will untie the band.
- If there is any bleeding, he/she will apply a bandage.
- In infants, the doctor may make a small cut in the arm area and place a slide to collect the blood sample. Once the blood is drawn, the area is cleaned properly and a bandage is applied.
- There are no potential complications involved while performing the test. However, in some cases, there are chances of infection or bleeding from the punctured area. If the bleeding from the puncture site is excess or if it does not stop even after some time, seek medical help.