Uric Acid Urine (24 Hour) Test
Test Code: 003418
Specimen Type: Urine
Uric Acid 24 Hour Urine Test (Labcorp)
This test measures Uric Acid levels in a 24-hour urine sample. Uric Acid is produced by the breakdown of cells as they grow old and deteriorate. Most uric acid is filtered by the kidneys and removed from the body in urine. If too much uric acid builds up in the blood it can form into crystals in the joints causing a form of arthritis known as gout. Excess uric acid can also cause the development of kidney stones or cause kidney failure. Impaired kidney function can affect the body's ability to properly remove uric acid. Elevated uric acid levels can also be caused by conditions which cause an increase in cell breakdown such as certain types of cancer treatment.
A 24 Hour Urine Uric Acid test is often ordered when a person has frequent kidney stones or has gout to monitor for the formation of kidney stones. It can also be used to monitor treatment to prevent stone formation. Customers who prefer a test with a single collection may also order a Random Urine Uric Acid Test. A Uric Acid Blood test is also available which is commonly ordered for people who have symptoms of gout or are undergoing cancer treatment which may put them at risk for increased uric acid levels.
Turnaround for this test is typically 1-2 business days.
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Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.
Observe a normal diet 24 hours prior to collection.
For 24-hour urine specimen: Obtain a specimen container and instructions from the draw site. Void at 8 AM and discard the specimen. Then collect all urine including the final void at the end of the 24-hour collection period (ie, 8 AM the next morning) in the specimen container. Screw the lid on securely and return the container promptly to the draw site.
If this test is being ordered along with any other blood and/or urine medical testing, it is recommended you have the specimen(s) for your other tests collected at the same time you bring the 24-hour urine specimen to the draw site.