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Joint fluid test: In this test a doctor draws synovial fluid from a joint to check for uric acid crystal formation. Sometimes doctors might see calcium pyrophosphate formulation with indicates pseudogout.
Blood test: Blood tests for gout look at uric acid levels. Normal ranges of uric acid is between 3.5-7.2mg/dl (some labs have a variation in normal range so talk with your doctor if you have any questions). For people with gout treatment aims to keep uric acid levels at 6mg/dl or less.
GOUT PRO TIP: According to CreakyJoints medical director Dr. Krant, “We like to look at both plasma urate concentration in addition to the 24 hour urine urate to determine whether a patient is an over producer or under excretor of uric acid. This has therapeutic implications. Specifically, we will give a uricosuric agent such as probenecid for someone who is not putting out adequate amounts of uric acid in the urine. Xanthine oxidase inhibitors (albuterol and Uloric) do a fine job of lowering the uric acid concentration”