Uric Acid

Definition - What does Uric Acid mean?

Uric acid is a chemical byproduct produced by the body during the breakdown of substances known as purines. These purines are naturally occurring in some foods or drinks. Once uric acid is produced, it is processed by the liver and then passed through the kidneys for removal from the body. Complications may arise if the body cannot eliminate excess uric acid.

WorkplaceTesting explains Uric Acid

Uric acid must be processed by the liver and kidneys in order to be eliminated from the body. If the liver, and then kidneys, are unable to eliminate the uric acid from the body, an excess build-up may occur. This excess uric acid in the blood results in a condition known as hyperuricemia. A physician may perform either a blood or urine test to evaluate whether a patient is properly eliminating uric acid from his or her blood. If a high level of uric acid is detected, further investigation may be required to determine the cause. Some causes of hyperuricemia include diabetes, gout, alcoholism and lead poisoning.

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