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Test ID: HVA    
Homovanillic Acid (HVA), 24 Hour, Urine

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NY State Approved Indicates the status of NY State approval and if the test is orderable for NY State clients.


Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Screening children for catecholamine-secreting tumors with a 24-hour urine collection when requesting homovanillic acid only


Monitoring neuroblastoma treatment


Screening patients with possible inborn errors of catecholamine metabolism


Homovanillic acid (HVA) measurement in urine is used for screening children for catecholamine-secreting tumors such as neuroblastoma, pheochromocytoma, and other neural crest tumors and monitoring those who have had treatment for these tumors.


HVA measurement is also useful to diagnose children with disorders of catecholamine metabolism such as monamine oxidase-A deficiency, which results in decreased urinary HVA values, and dopamine beta-hydroxylase deficiency, which results in elevated urinary HVA values.


Treatment with L-dopa can impact test results and should be discontinued 24 hours prior to collection. Bactrim can impact test results and should be noted at time of collection.

Special Instructions and Forms Describes specimen collection and preparation information, test algorithms, and other information pertinent to test. Also includes pertinent information and consent forms to be used when requesting a particular test

Method Name A short description of the method used to perform the test

Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Reporting Name A shorter/abbreviated version of the Published Name for a test; an abbreviated test name

Homovanillic Acid (HVA), 24 Hr, U

Aliases Lists additional common names for a test, as an aid in searching

HVA (Homovanillic Acid)
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