What is Uric Acid?
Patients with high levels of uric acid may experience joint pain, which is also a symptom of gout. Doctors may order a uric acid blood test to verify a gout diagnosis. If uric acid levels are higher than normal, patients are more likely to suffer from kidney stones. Radiation and chemotherapy can increase uric acid levels in blood, so this blood test is generally included in regular blood screenings for cancer patients.
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