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Test ID: 3MT    
3-Methoxytyramine, 24 Hour, Urine

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type validated for testing

Urine

Necessary Information

24-Hour volume is required.

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing

Patient Preparation: Tricyclic antidepressants, labetalol, and sotalol medications may elevate levels of catecholamines producing results that cannot be interpreted. If clinically feasible, it is optimal to discontinue these medications at least 1 week before collection. Levodopa (Sinemet) medication will cause false-positive results. For advice on assessing the risk of removing patients from these medications and alternatives, consider consultation with a specialist in endocrinology or hypertension.

Supplies: Urine Tubes, 10 mL (T068)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic urine tube

Specimen Volume: 10 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Complete 24-hour urine collections are preferred, especially for patients with episodic hypertension; ideally the collection should begin at the onset of a "spell."

2. Collect urine for 24 hours.

3. 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: See Urine Preservatives-Collection and Transportation for 24-Hour Urine Specimens in Special Instructions for multiple collections.

Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test

Forms

Urine Preservative Collection Options

Note: The addition of preservative or application of temperature controls must occur within 4 hours of completion of the collection.

Ambient

OK

Refrigerate

OK

Frozen

OK

50% Acetic Acid

Preferred

Boric Acid

Preferred

Diazolidinyl Urea

No

6M Hydrochloric Acid

OK

6M Nitric Acid

OK

Sodium Carbonate

OK

Thymol

No

Toluene

OK

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

2 mL

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

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross icterus OK

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the performing laboratory, alternate acceptable temperatures are also included

Specimen TypeTemperatureTimeSpecial Container
UrineRefrigerated (preferred)28 days
 Frozen 90 days
 Ambient 28 days