Urine catecholamine metabolites, particulary homovanillate (HVA) and vanillylmandelic acid (VMA), is most useful in the diagnosis and follow-up of catecholamine secreting tumours of the sympathetic nervous system. These include neuroblastoma, ganglioneuroma and phaeochromocytoma.

Request a test

To request this test please send sample with a request providing patient ID (three identifiers), specimen information, assay required, relevant clinical details and sender information. Before sending sample please read details on requesting and labelling by clicking on the link. Please also refer to any additional information provided for this test.

Additional information

Sample should be frozen as soon as possible at �20�C until analysis, but may be stored at 4�C until frozen.

Sending address

Chemical Pathology Reception
Level 1, Camelia Botnar Building
Great Ormond Street Hospital
Great Ormond Street

Laboratory service

Chemical Pathology

Sample requirements

2ml fresh random urine in a plain universal container.

Reference range

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Turnaround time

3 days

Disease / group

Neuroblastoma, Ganglioneuroma, Phaeochromocytoma


Upon request

Call in advance?

Not required

Chemical Pathology

The Chemical Pathology Laboratory provides an extensive range of services covering both routine biochemistry and specialised analysis and interpretation.

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