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CATECHOLAMINES, URINE (EPINEPHRINE, NOREPINEPHRINE and DOPAMINE)

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Indications

Specimen Required

​24 hr urine in 15 mL 50% HCl

Minimum aliquot volume : 30 mL urine

Storage and Transport

Method

​High Performance Liquid Chromatography

Test Results

Reference Interval / Value

​≥ 20 yrs Epinephrine: 3-109 nmol/day

≥ 20 yrs Norepinephrine: 89-473 nmol/day

≥ 20 yrs Dopamine: 424-2612 nmol/day

For subjects 19 yrs and below, results are expressed as per mmol creatinine (see individual tests)

Turnaround Time

​Mean = 7 days, Range: 3 - 11 days

Day(s) Test Set up

​Monday - Friday

Remarks

Instructions before sampling:


 Patient should abstain from the following at least 2 days prior to and during urine specimen collection:
- intake of food like chocolate, coffee, banana, food containing vanilla, citrus fruits and

- where medically possible, drugs such as aspirin, a-methyldopa ( Aldomat), isoproterenol, labetalol, mandelamine, metocloproamide,acetaminophen and cimetidine. If the patient cannot be completely removed from a drug regimen, test result should be interpreted with appropriate judgement based on expected physiological response to these drugs.

Total 24-hour urine volume must be clearly indicated.

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