Uric Acid Test
Are you wondering why you have certain symptoms in the body? Have you suddenly began to experience pain in your joints which might be a pointer to gout? Or are you just undergoing radiotherapy and chemotherapy and need to monitor your uric acid level?
Whatever the case might be, you don’t need to be too worried as we are readily available to carry out blood tests for you in London and its environs.
At Blood Clinic London, we carry out numerous blood tests and uric acid level is not left out.
All that is required of you is pay a visit to our clinic or contact us on 020 71830244 and we will be more than happy to attend to you.
Why should you get tested?
There are certain reasons why you should get tested for uric acid level, and we have been able to outline some of them below to help you.
For any of the above reasons, you can contact us on 020 71830244 to get tested.
When do you need to get tested?
Are there samples needed?
There is either a twenty-four hours urine sample or a blood sample gotten from the arm’s vein needed.
Our medical experts will let you know which one is suitable for you.
Any test preparation required?
You will likely need none. Nevertheless, it is recommended by some institutions that you fast. You should follow any instructions given.
What is tested?
Uric acid is produced when purines breakdown and these purines are compounds which contain nitrogen. These compounds are seen in the body in substances like nucleic acids (RNA/DNA). They go into circulation via digestion of certain drinks (alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer), foods, or from natural turnover and breakdown of cells found in the body of humans.
The kidneys are the ones who remove most uric acids, then thrown away in the urine, the ones that remain are excreted.
Are you still wondering where to get your test done? At Blood London Clinic, our medical experts will give you the necessary advice before your uric acid test is carried out. Do reach out to us today for more information or call us on 020 71830244 to book an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is it being used?
Anytime gout is suspected, the uric acid test is being used to discover high levels in the blood. The test can also be used to monitor uric acid levels anytime a patient has had radiation treatments or chromatography.
When uric acids in one’s urine are measured, it is being used in helping to diagnose what caused the recurrent formation of kidney stones.
What period is it requested?
Anytime a doctor feels there’s a high level of uric acid in one’s blood, the doctor requests for uric acid. Several patients who have uric acids of high level have a particular disease known as gout, and this is an inherited disorder which affects the breakdown of urine. Patients who have gout suffer from pain in their joints, more frequently in their toes but also other joints. If it appears that a patient’s kidneys are not working properly, likely, the test will also be requested.
This test can also be used as a tool for monitoring anytime a patient has done radiotherapy or chemotherapy, to discover if there is a dangerous increment in the uric acid levels. Monitoring can also be undergone anytime a patient is discovered to have renal failure or gout. Sometimes, patients whose uric acids level are high are placed on drugs to assist them in lowering their uric acid levels.
The uric acid in urine will likely be asked for any time there is continuous evidence of kidney stones suffered by a person, or if a person that had gouts and requires to be monitored on how these stones are formed.
What does the test result mean?
Uric acids levels which are high in the blood is known as hyperuricemia and can be as a result of uric acid overproduction in the human body, or the kidneys’ inability to clear out the uric acids which are enough. The doctor will be required to make further investigation in determining what resulted in the decreased excretion or overproduction of uric acid. There’re a lot of inborn genetic errors which affects the purine metabolism. Multiple myeloma, metastatic cancer, cancer chemotherapy, and leukaemias can result in increased uric acid production. Acidosis, alcoholism, chronic renal disease, and toxaemia of pregnancy can result in decreased excretion.
Increased concentrations of the uric acids can result in crystals forming in the joints that lead to the inflammation of lint and pain characteristic of gout. The most necessary risk factor for gout is hyperuricemia, but the levels of serum should be only considered in incorporation with some other clinical features as a result of gout because it doesn’t exclude or confirm the diagnosis on its own. Several patients who have hyperuricemia don’t grow gout while there can be normal serum levels in an acute attack. Kidney stones or crystals can also be formed by uric acid, which can negatively affect the kidneys.
There has been some conversation between doctors about the precise limits of the result of a “normal” test for uric acid. The results range is seen to be wide in the healthy population. The levels of uric acid can vary in a particular patient daily or the entire year. Sometimes, several uric acid tests will be requested by the doctors over a timeframe to get a substantial idea of the level of uric acid in the bloodstream of a patient.
In November of the year 2012, there was an introduction of user-friendly, new guidelines to diagnose Gout in Primary care by the British Society for Rheumatology.
Are there other things I am required to know?
The level of uric acid can be increased or decreased by many drugs. Particularly, the rising uric acid levels can be caused by thiazide diuretics.
Salicylates like aspirin have effects which vary in uric acid. At low levels of aspirin (as will likely happen in individuals who occasionally take only aspirin), the uric acid in the blood can be increased by aspirin. Likewise, on doses of high level (as will likely be used in treating rheumatoid arthritis), the concentration of uric acid is usually lowered by uric acid.
For individuals who possess uric acid gout or kidney stones, food whose purine content are high must be avoided, and that includes organ meats (such as kidneys and liver), anchovies, and sardines. You should also avoid alcohol because the extraction of uric acid from human bodies is slowed down by alcohol. The levels of uric acids are also raised by starvation diet, fasting, and strenuous exercise.
If my levels of uric acid are high, can they be easily lowered or will I need to take drugs throughout my whole life?
It depends on the condition which caused your uric acids of high levels, so you will likely not be required to take drugs. If you experience a sudden attack as a result of high uric acid, and also an attack of gout, you may be treated by your doctor with a nonsteroidal and cocaine anti-inflammatory drug like ibuprofen or aspirin. This treatment is normally for a short period.
Nevertheless, you will likely be required to remain on maintenance therapy for some years until the levels of your uric acid can be controlled. You will likely be given drugs like probenecid, which helps in clearing uric acid salts from your system, or you will likely be given drugs which will interfere with the production of uric acid, like allopurinol.
Blood London have been providing Urate (Uric acid) on a self-referral basis to patients in Central and Greater London for over 20 years. Simply walk-in weekdays between 9am and 6pm or on weekends between 10am and 2pm, to have your blood taken by a highly experienced professional in our private, Harley Street clinic using some of the best labs in europe.
Please note that when ordering blood tests on a self-request basis, we will forward you the laboratory report without note or comment from our doctors unless you are under their care.
Following the results of your test, if you would like to undergo a consultation, further testing or treatment please feel free to reach out to the clinic and we'll be happy to help.
Select the test that you would like to undergo
Go to the Harley Street clinic for your blood draw and pay for your test in person
As soon as the results are ready, the will be sent to you by your chosen method