Gout Test (Uric Acid)
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Blood (venipuncture - a needle is used to draw blood from a vein)
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Gout is an intensely painful and potentially disabling form of arthritis. It is characterized by sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling in joints, particularly the big toe, knee, or ankle; joints that feel warm to the touch; shiny, reddish skin around the joints; and limited range of motion. Gout occurs when excess uric acid collects in the body, and needle-like urate crystals (monosodium urate) deposit in the joints resulting in a strong inflammatory response.
In most cases, uric acid is transported through the blood to the kidneys, which filter and eliminate it from the body through urine. Yet sometimes the body produces excessively high levels of uric acid or the kidneys are unable to eliminate it effectively, resulting in the formation of crystals in certain joints and causing gout.
The following factors may increase your risk of developing hyperuricemia, which may cause gout or uric acid kidney stones:
- Being overweight or obese
- Drinking alcohol
- Living with certain chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, insulin resistance, diabetes, congestive heart failure, kidney disease, or hemolytic disorders
- Receiving chemotherapy or radiation therapy
- Eating a purine-rich diet
- Consuming foods and drinks high in sugar
- Being affected by lead toxicity or lead poisoning