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Uric acid is a waste product that results from normal body
processes and is also found in some foods. Normally, the kidneys eliminate uric
acid from the body in urine.
A buildup of uric acid in the body may cause kidney stones, kidney
damage, or a form of arthritis called gout. This may occur when the body
produces too much uric acid or when the kidneys cannot eliminate uric acid
Medicine and diet changes can reduce the amount of uric acid in
Current as of:
September 9, 2014
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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