Pathology Handbook

Urate

Synonyms

Urate, SUA

Clinical Indications

Investigation of gout; patients with malignancy and high cell turnover, especially haematological malignancies; tumour lysis syndrome; pre-eclampsia

Part of Profile

PET

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Availability

On request

Specific Criteria

None

Patient Preparation

None

Samples from patients on Rasburicase cannot be analysed as this enzyme interferes with uric acid measurement in the laboratory; uric acid cannot be measured until 7 days post-treatment

Turnaround Time

Same day

Specimen

Serum in yellow top (SST) tube

Volume

2 mL

Container

Vacutainer gold top

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled or inadequately labelled sample

Samples from patients on Rasburicase treatment

Reference Range

Males:     200 - 430 ┬Ámol/L

Females: 140 - 360 ┬Ámol/L