STEPHEN M. SELTZER, M.D.; NEIL SMITHLINE, M.D.
To the editor: As practicing clinicians, we were delighted to see an article promising a simple convenient test to measure uric acid excretion (1). We were dismayed, however, by the authors' failure to compare their test to the standard one (24-h urine uric-acid excretion) and by their unsupported statement that their test is more physiologic than the standard one.
The 24-h urine excretion of uric acid is physiologic because it accurately reflects production and is clinically useful because it is a good predictor of renal stone formation (2). The authors do not supply any data as to whether their test
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SELTZER SM, SMITHLINE N. Tests of Urinary Excretion of Uric Acid. Ann Intern Med. 1979;91:925–927. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-91-6-925_3
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1979;91(6):925-927.
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