Lab Test

Catecholamines Panel, Plasma

plasma fractionated catecholamines, epinephrine, norepinephrine, Catecholamines, plasma, fractionated, dopamine

Test Codes

ARUP #80216, Antrim #81475, EPIC: LAB5969, SOFT: XCAT

Department

Send Outs

Instructions

The patient should be calm and in a supine position for 30 minutes prior to collection.

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: Two 6 ml Dark Green-top Lithium or Sodium Heparin tubes.

  • Collect specimen on ice.
  • Specimen is STAT and requires processing immediately after collection.
  • Separate samples must be submitted when multiple tests are ordered.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Critical frozen. Centrifuge to separate plasma from cells within one hour of collection. Transfer plasma to a plastic transport tube and freeze (-20°C /-4°F or below) immediately.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 4.0 mL plasma, frozen (-20°C /-4°F or below). (Minimum: 2.1 mL)

Rejection Criteria

Specimens not collected and processed as indicated will not be tested.

Inpatient Specimen Preparation

Critical frozen. Place specimen on ice and transport to the Laboratory immediately for processing.

In-Lab Processing

Critical frozen. Centrifuge to separate plasma from cells within one hour of collection. Transfer plasma to a plastic transport tube and freeze (-20°C /-4°F or below) immediately.

Transport: 4.0 mL plasma, frozen (-20°C /-4°F or below). (Minimum: 2.1 mL)

Storage

Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): Unacceptable
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): Unacceptable
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): 1 month

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Send Outs Laboratory with any questions.

Laboratory

Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT.

Performed

Tuesday – Sunday.
Results available in 2-5 days.

Reference Range

By report.

Test Methodology

Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography.

CPT Codes

82384
LOINC:  49257-9

Contacts

Last Updated

10/26/2022

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