Catecholamines, Blood

CERNER / EPIC MNEMONIC: CATECH FR
POE DESCRIPTION: CATECHOLAMINES FRACTIONATED; CATECH FR
CPT CODE: 82384-90
TURNAROUND TIME: 5-7 working days
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS:

If possible, patient should discontinue all drugs at least one week prior to collection.  Medications known to interfere with this assay include: Alpha-methyldopa (Aldomet), Isoproterenol, Labetalol, Mandelamine, Metaclopramide, Acetaminophen (high concentrations only), Cimetidine, and Catecholamine-containing drugs, MAO inhibitors, diuretics, vasodilators.  Other interferng substances include smoking and drinking tea  and coffee within four hours of collecting specimen.  This test cannot be added onto an existing sample.

CONTAINER TYPE:

Green top (heparin) tube delivered to lab on ice

SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS: 6 mL whole blood (3.0 mL heparinized plasma)
REJECTION CRITERIA:

Specimen not delivered on ice immediately after collection.

MINIMUM VOLUME: 3.0 mL whole blood (1.5 mL heparinized plasma)
REFERENCE RANGE:

See Specialty Labs - Search Test Code 3304

TEST SYNONYM(S):Adrenalin., Plasma; Dopamine, Plasma; Epinephrine, Plasma; Fractionated Catecholamines Plasma; Noradrenaline, Plasma; Norepinephrine, Plasma