Metadrenalines - urine

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Item Process
Specimen

24 hour urine collection.

Method

Chromatography.

Reference Interval

<5.0 µmol/24 hours.

Application

Detection of catecholamine producing tumours. Some drugs can interfere with this assay - consult pathologist.

Interpretation

Levels >6.5 µmol/24 hours are found with phaeochromocytoma, neuroblastoma or ganglio­neuroblastoma.

Reference

Gerlo EAM and Sevens C. Clin Chem 1994; 40: 250-256.