What is Uric Acid?
The uric acid blood test is ordered when a doctor suspects high levels of uric acid. Some patients with high levels of uric acid have a disease called gout, which is a form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from joint pain, most often in their toes, but in other joints as well. The test also is ordered as a monitoring test when someone with cancer has undergone chemotherapy or radiation, to learn whether uric acid levels are getting dangerously high.