Department: 
Biochemistry
Tube Colour: 
Dark Green On Ice
Pseudonyms: 
ADR, NORADR, DOPA
Test Code: 
PCAT
Availability: 
Weekly
Collection Requirements: 
6 mL Lithium Heparin NO GEL on ice. Sample collected via an indwelling catheter after 30 mins in a quiet room with minimal disturbance to the patient.
Requires own tube?: 
No
Reference Laboratory: 
Austin Pathology
Austin Hospital
145 Studley Road
Heidelberg
Vic 3084. tel 03 9496 3100; fax 03 9496 1674
Reference Range: 
Noradrenaline 1.0 - 5.0 nmol/L; Adrenaline 0.0 - 1.0 nmol/L; Dopamine 0.0 - 0.5 nmol/L
Notes: 
Testing for plasma free metanephrines (the O-methylated metabolites of catecholamines) is now considered the preferred test in screening for the presence of neuroendocrine secreting tumours such as phaeochromocytomas and paragangliomas. Ref: Lenders et al 2002, JAMA 287:1427-1434