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Test ID: METAF    
Metanephrines, Fractionated, 24 Hour, Urine

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Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Urine

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Container/Tube: Plastic, 10-mL urine tube (Supply T068)

Specimen Volume: 10 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Collect urine for 24 hours.

2. Add 10 g (pediatric: 3 g) of boric acid or 25 mL (pediatric: 15 mL) of 50% acetic acid as preservative at start of collection.

Additional Information:

1. 24-Hour volume is required.

2. See Urine Preservatives in Special Instructions for multiple collections.

3. Tricyclic antidepressants, labetalol, and sotalol medications may elevate levels of metanephrines producing results which cannot be interpreted. If clinically feasible, it is optimal to discontinue these medications at least 1 week before collection. For advice on assessing the risk of removing patients from these medications and alternatives, you may consider consultation with a specialist in endocrinology or hypertension.

Forms: If not ordering electronically, submit a General Request Form (Supply T239) with the specimen.

 

Urine Preservative Collection Options 

Ambient

No

Refrigerated

Yes

Frozen

Yes

6N HCl

Yes

50% Acetic Acid

Preferred

Na(2)CO(3)

Yes

Toluene

Yes

6N HNO(3)

Yes

Boric Acid

Preferred

Thymol

Yes

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

2 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

NA

Lipemia

NA

Icterus

NA

Other

NA

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
UrineRefrigerated (preferred)7 days
 Frozen 14 days
 Ambient 7 days