Dopamine is a catecholamine. Measurement is useful in patients with suspected pheochromocytoma, neuroblastoma, or paraganglioma.
Inform your doctor if you are on any medications, have any allergies or underlying medical conditions before your Dopamine Blood Plasma. Your doctor will give specific instructions depending on your condition on how to prepare for Dopamine Blood Plasma.
Patients should be relaxed in either a supine or upright position before blood is drawn. States of anxiety and stress can cause fluctuations in the catecholamine levels. Patient should avoid alcohol, coffee, tea, tobacco and strenuous exercise prior to collection. Overnight fasting is required.
|UNISEX||All age groups||Supine: <10 pg/mL , Upright: <20 pg/mL|