Porphyrins, Fractionation and Quantitation, Urine
Ordering Recommendation
Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography
1-5 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
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Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
24-hour or random urine. Refrigerate 24-hour specimens during collection.  
Specimen Preparation
Protect from light. Transfer 4 mL aliquot of urine to an ARUP Amber Transport Tube. (Min: 2 mL) Record total volume and collection time interval on transport tube and test request form.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
Body fluids other than urine.  
Ambient: Unacceptable; Refrigerated: 4 days; Frozen: 1 month  
Reference Interval
Test Number Components Reference Interval
 Uroporphyrin 0-​4 µmol/mol crt
 Heptacarboxylate Porphyrin 0-​2 µmol/mol crt
 Coproporphyrin I 0-​6 µmol/mol crt
 Coproporphyrin III 0-​14 µmol/mol crt
0020473Creatinine, 24-​Hour Urine  
Age Male Female
3-​8 years 140-​700 mg/d 140-​700 mg/d
9-​12 years 300-​1300 mg/d 300-​1300 mg/d
13-​17 years 500-​2300 mg/d 400-​1600 mg/d
18-​50 years 1000-​2500 mg/d 700-​1600 mg/d
51-​80 years 800-​2100 mg/d 500-​1400 mg/d
81 years and older 600-​2000 mg/d 400-​1300 mg/d
Interpretive Data
Results are normalized to creatinine concentration and reported as a ratio of amounts (micromoles of porphyrin/moles of creatinine).

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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.
Urine porphyrins are useful for the evaluation of cutaneous photosensitivity to exclude porphyria cutanea tarda (PCT). Evaluation of neurologic and/or psychiatric symptoms associated with acute porphyrias such as acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) requires urine porphobilinogen (PBG) testing. Refer to Porphobilinogen (PBG), Urine (ARUP test code 0080260). 
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0020207Creatinine, Urine - per volume
0020208Creatinine, Urine - per 24h
0080365Uroporphyrin - ratio to CRT
0080366Heptacarboxylate - ratio to CRT
0080459Porphyrin Urine Interpretation
0097110Total Volume
0097111Hours Collected
2002059Coproporphyrin I - ratio to CRT
2002061Coproporphyrin III - ratio to CRT
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  • Coproporphyrin
  • Heptacarboxyl Porphyrin
  • Hexacarboxyl Porphyrin
  • Pentacarboxyl Porphyrin
  • Porphyria Cutanea Tarda (PCT)
  • Porphyrins, Fractionated, Quantitative, 24-Hour
  • Uroporphyrin