What are the best lab tests for following patients with gout?
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Serum uric acid levels are directly correlated with the risk of recurrent gouty attacks. (SOR B, based on several small prospective trials). Patients on uric acid-lowering therapy require monitoring for adverse drug effects with blood counts, and hepatic and renal function tests. (SOR C, based on expert opinion).
Evidence Based Practice 11(7): 08.