This test measures the level of uric acid in the blood or urine. As cells get old and die, they break down, releasing purines into the blood.
The uric acid blood test is ordered when a healthcare practitioner suspects that someone has a high uric acid level. Some people with high levels of uric acid have gout, which is a common form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from joint pain, most often in the toes, but in other joints as well.
This test is also ordered for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy to ensure that uric acid levels do not get dangerously high.
CPT Code: 84550
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