Catecholamines (Urine)

Test Information

Test Name

Catecholamines (Urine)


Dopamine, Adrenaline, Noradrenaline, Pheochromocytoma Screen



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Preferred Specimen

24 hour urine in acid bottle (for >15 years old)/ random urine (for <15 year old)

Testing Location


Collection Information

Patient Instructions


  • Main lab only for <15 year old patient sample, send to Specimen Services ASAP

Processing Information

Registration Code



  • Waikato Hospital Laboratory to triage test. Urine Metanephrine may be performed instead.
  • Urine Metanephrines is the preferred test for phaeochromocytoma; Catecholamines for neuroblastoma.
  • Paediatric (<15 year old) urines must be acidified to pH 1.5-3.5 on receipt in lab (Must be acidified within 4 hours of collection)
  • Refer to Urine Metanephrine

Site Specific Notes

- Tauranga

Hospital request: Paediatric (<15 year old) urines, acidify and send directly to Canterbury Health Laboratory



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External Referral Information

Referral Location

Waikato Hospital Laboratory

Send Away Volume

5 mL urine

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