Ordering Recommendation

Initial test for the diagnosis and monitoring of neuroblastoma; order concurrently with Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA), Urine (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.
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 24h 18 years and older: 0.0-15.0 mg/d
  Homovanillic Acid - ratio to CRT The 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 years 0-42 mg/g CRT
3-5 years 0-22 mg/g CRT
6-17 years 0-15 mg/g CRT
18 years and older 0-8 mg/g CRT

  Creatinine, Urine - per 24h
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

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: For laboratory developed tests not using a RUO kit, and for FDA approved, cleared or 510(k) exempt assays with alterations. 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.

Hotline History
N/A
CPT Codes

83150

Components
Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0020207 Creatinine, Urine - per volume 2161-8
0020208 Creatinine, Urine - per 24h 2162-6
0080164 Homovanillic Acid - per 24h 2436-4
0080399 Homovanillic Acid Interpretation 49269-4
0081305 Homovanillic Acid - per volume 53595-5
0081342 Homovanillic Acid - ratio to CRT 13760-4
0097110 Total Volume 19153-6
0097111 Hours Collected 30211-7
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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
Homovanillic Acid (HVA), Urine