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Plasma Catecholamines

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Plasma catecholamines should only be requested for localising adrenal catachol secreting tumours. Use plasma metanephrines for screening for Phaeochromocytoma.

Alternate names:
Plasma Adrenalin, Plasma Dopamin, Plasma Noradrenalin
Laboratory:
Referred Test
Test Code:
PCAT
Specimen types:
Plasma
Container types:
Lithium heparin no gelLithium heparin no gel
Collection Instructions:
Transport specimen at Room Temperature to lab
Minimum Adult Volume:
2 mL
Frequency:
As required
Result Turnaround Time:
7-10 days
Reference Interval:

Noradrenalin: 1.0-5.0 nmol/L

Adrenalin : 0.0-1.0 nmol/L

Dopamine : 0.0-0.5 nmol/L

Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Spin,separate and freeze plasma.

Transport Instructions:

Transport sample frozen.

External Laboratory:
Austin Pathology
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