Uric acid levels in the blood / Uric acid and gout / What is uric acid? / Characteristics of uric acid / What causes uric acid build up?

  Gout is caused by elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.
  However, not everyone who has high uric acid levels in blood will develop gout.

When uric acid levels in the blood are too high, the uric acid may form hard crystals in the joint.