Gout (Uric Acid)

Gout (Uric Acid)

Gout, a common form of inflammatory arthritis, is caused by hyperuricemia, too much uric acid in the body. It typically affects one joint at a time and is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints.

Reaction to the amount of uric acid built up is different for everyone; even with normal levels of uric acid, you may still experience the symptoms of gout.

This test measures the level of uric acid in the blood or urine. uric acid is filtered through the kidneys and expelled in the urine. If you have too much uric acid in your blood it can form into crystals in the joints, causing gout. Excess uric acid also causes kidney stones to form and sometimes causes kidney failure.