Urine Metadrenalines (Metanephrines)

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Also known as: Metadrenaline and normetadrenaline
Formal name: Urine metadrenalines (total and fractionated)

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose or rule out a phaeochromocytoma or other neuroendocrine tumour

When to Get Tested?

When you have symptoms of increased catecholamines release, such as persistent or episodic high blood pressure, severe headaches, rapid heart rate, and sweating

Sample Required?

Test Preparation Needed?

Foods such as coffee (including decaffeinated), tea, chocolate, vanilla, bananas, oranges and other citrus fruits should be avoided for several days prior to the test and during collection. There are also many medications that can potentially affect test results. Talk to your doctor about any prescriptions and over-the-counter drugs and supplements that you are taking. Wherever possible, those that are known to interfere should be discontinued prior to and during sample collection. Emotional and physical stresses and vigorous exercise should be minimised prior to and during test collection as they can increase catecholamine secretion.