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Homovanillic Acid (HVA), Urine
0080422
Ordering Recommendation

Initial test for the diagnosis and monitoring of neuroblastoma; order concurrently with urine Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA) test (0080421).

Mnemonic
HVA U
Methodology
Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Performed
Sun, Tue-Sat
Reported
1-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
ARUP Consult®
Disease Topics
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Abstain from medications for 72 hours prior to collection. 
Collect
24-hour or random urine. Refrigerate 24-hour specimens during collection. 
Specimen Preparation
Transfer 4 mL aliquot from a well-mixed 24-hour or random collection to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 1 mL) Record total volume and collection time interval on transport tube and test request form. 
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated. 
Unacceptable Conditions
Specimen types other than urine. 
Remarks
 
Stability
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 2 weeks 
Reference Interval
Effective May 19, 2014
Test Number
Components
Reference Interval
 Homovanillic Acid - per 24h18 years and older: 0.0-15.0 mg/d
 Homovanillic Acid - ratio to CRTThe HVA-to-creatinine ratio will be reported when the patient is under 18 years, the urine collection is random or other than 24 hours, or the urine volume is less than 400 mL/24 hours.
Age
Reference Interval
0-2 years0-42 mg/g CRT
3-5 years0-22 mg/g CRT
6-17 years0-15 mg/g CRT
18 years and older0-8 mg/g CRT

 Creatinine, Urine - per 24h
AgeMaleFemale
3-8 years140-700 mg/d140-700 mg/d
9-12 years300-1300 mg/d300-1300 mg/d
13-17 years500-2300 mg/d400-1600 mg/d
18-50 years1000-2500 mg/d700-1600 mg/d
51-80 years800-2100 mg/d500-1400 mg/d
81 years and older600-2000 mg/d400-1300 mg/d


Interpretive Data
Homovanillic acid (HVA) results are expressed as a ratio to creatinine excretion (mg/g CRT). HVA mass per day (mg/d) is not reported on specimens from patients younger than 18 years of age, or for random specimens, urine collection periods other than 24 hours, or urine volumes less than 400 mL/d. No reference interval is available for results reported in units of mg/L. Slight or moderate increases in catecholamine metabolites may be due to extreme anxiety, essential hypertension, intense physical exercise, or drug interactions. Significant increase of one or more catecholamine metabolites (several times the upper reference limit) is associated with an increased probability of a secreting neuroendocrine tumor.

Compliance Statement B: This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Note
Moderately elevated HVA (homovanillic acid) may be caused by a variety of factors such as essential hypertension, intense anxiety, intense physical exercise, and numerous drug interactions (including some over-the-counter medications and herbal products).

Medications that may interfere with catecholamines and their metabolites include amphetamines and amphetamine-like compounds, appetite suppressants, bromocriptine, buspirone, caffeine, chlorpromazine, clonidine, disulfiram, diuretics (in doses sufficient to deplete sodium), epinephrine, glucagon, guanethidine, histamine, hydrazine derivatives, imipramine, levodopa (L-dopa, Sinemet®), lithium, MAO inhibitors, melatonin, methyldopa (Aldomet®), morphine, nitroglycerin, nose drops, propafenone (Rythmol), radiographic agents, rauwolfia alkaloids (Reserpine), and vasodilators.  The effects of some drugs on catecholamine metabolite results may not be predictable.
CPT Code(s)
83150
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart NameLOINC
0020207Creatinine, Urine - per volume2161-8
0020208Creatinine, Urine - per 24h2162-6
0080164Homovanillic Acid - per 24h12715-9
0080399Homovanillic Acid Interpretation49269-4
0081305Homovanillic Acid - per volume53595-5
0081342Homovanillic Acid - ratio to CRT13760-4
0097110Total Volume19153-6
0097111Hours Collected30211-7
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Aliases
  • 3-Methoxy-4-Hydroxy Phenylacetic Acid
  • 3-Methoxy-4-hydroxyphenyl acetic acid
  • 4-Hydroxy-3-methoxy-benzeneacetic acid
  • 4-Hydroxy-3-methoxyphenylacetic acid
  • HVA