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Test Code 1249 Uric Acid, Plasma

Performing Laboratory

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Laboratory


Enzymatic (Uricase)

Literature References:

Package insert: Uric Acid UA2. Roche Diagnostics, Form No. 03183807 190, 2015-10.

Specimen Requirements

Specimen Type: Plasma
Container/Tube: Mint-green top (lithium heparin)
Specimen Volume: Full tube






Day(s) Test Set Up

Monday through Sunday

Turnaround Time:
STAT: 1 Hour

Routine: 4 Hours

Reference Values


≥12 years: 3.0-8.0 mg/dL
≥12 years: 2.5-7.0 mg/dL


Literature Reference:

1. Tietz, Burtis CA, Ashwood ER, Bruns DE eds: Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics 5th ed: Chapter 25, p.669, Elsevier, St. Louis, MO 2012.

2. Lim EM, Bennett P, Beilby J:  Sample Preparation in Patients Receiving Uric Acid Oxidase (Rasburicase) Therapy.  Clinical Chemistry 2003: 49:1417.

3. Town M-H, et al: J Clin Chem Biochem 1985; 23:591.

Test Classification and CPT Coding


Additional Information

For BJH Laboratory Use Only

Alternate Tube(s):

1 plain, red-top tube

1 plain, red/grey top tube

1 dark green-top (lithium heparin) tube

Analyte Stability:

See Analyte Stability Chart in Special Instructions.

Laboratory Processing Instructions:

Test performed in BJH Core Lab.  Processed by automated line for delivery to the Cobas 8000.

Test performed in North Campus Laboratory. Centrifuge upon receipt and deliver to the Modular.

Completed specimens are stored refrigerated for 5 days. 

For patients receiving Rasburicase:

Collection Container: Pre-chilled mint green

Collection Instructions: Elitek (Rasburicase) causes enzymatic degradation of uric acid in blood samples at room temperature, resulting in spuriously low uric acid levels. Blood must be collected in a pre-chilled tube, immediately immersed in ice water, and sent immediately to the Chemistry laboratory. Samples must be assayed within 4 hours of collection. Results will be commented using the comment template: RASB; "Results may be falsely decreased due to Elitek (Rasburicase)".




Specimen Transport Temperature


Special Instructions

LOINC Code Information

Name LOINC Code
Urate 3084-1