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Catecholamines (paediatrics)

About This Test

Department: Biochemistry (referred)


  • 24-hour urine (acidified container)
  • Plain universal to laboratory within 2 hours of collection.


Turnaround Time:

6 - 8 weeks


Diagnosis and monitoring of neuroblastoma in children

A 24-hour urine collection in an acidified bottle is the preferred sample type, but in infants, shorter or spot collections may be used. Please collect these samples in plain topped universal bottles (boric acid, red top, bottles are not suitable) and send to the laboratory within 2 hours of collection. 

For investigation of phaeochromocytoma in adults, please see Metanephrines

Other Comments:

Analysed by Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

Interpretive comment provided by referral laboratory.