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Order Code URIC Uric Acid, Plasma or Serum

Specimen Requirements

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Green-top (lithium heparin) gel tube.

Acceptable: Plain, red-top tube or a serum gel tube

Specimen Volume: 2 mL

Pediatric (minimum) volume: 0.5 mL in a green top (lithium heparin) MICROTAINER gel tube

Transport Requirements


Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum/plasma Ambient 1 day
  Refrigerated (preferred) 5 days
  Frozen 6 months


Performing Laboratory

Ridgeview Medical Center Laboratory

Sibley Medical Center

Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday


Bichromatic endpoint

Reference Values

2.60-7.2 mg/dL


Critical value (automatic call-back):  >14.0 mg/dL

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Useful For

Monitoring patients receiving cytotoxic drugs and a variety of other disorders, including gout, leukemia, psoriasis, starvation and other wasting conditions

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL