Uric acid is a breakdown product of cell nuclei.
Two-thirds are excreted in the urine and one-third in the stool.
Changes in serum uric acid levels may be caused by:
- Increased production of urates
- Decreased excretion of urates
Uric Acid levels may rise in the presence of:
- Renal failure
- Diabetic ketoacidosis
Uric Acid levels may fall in the presence of:
- Wilson's Disease
- Fanconi Syndrom
- Uricosuric drugs (allopurinol, sulfinpyrazone, probenecid)
*These are general values taken from a variety of
sources. The actual normal values may vary from lab to lab and from one
type of testing protocol to another.