Catecholamine Tests

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Last Updated: 02 May 2022

Catecholamines are hormonal agents made by your adrenal glands, 2 small glands located over your kidneys. The main types of catecholamines are dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine. Epinephrine is referred to as adrenaline. Catecholamine tests measure the quantity of these hormones in your urine or blood. Greater than normal levels of epinephrine, norepinephrine, and/or dopamine can be a sign of a severe wellness condition. Other names: dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine tests, free catecholamines Catecholamine tests are frequently used to rule or diagnose out specific types of unusual tumors, consisting of: Pheochromocytoma, a tumor of the adrenal glands. This type of tumor is usually benign. The tests may additionally be used to see if therapies for these tumors are working. If you have symptoms of a tumor that affect catecholamine degrees, you or your child might need this test. Symptoms in children consist of: Bone pain or tenderness; An abnormal lump in the abdominal area; Weight loss; Uncontrolled eye motions.

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