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What is the purpose of catecholamines tests?

What is the purpose of catecholamines tests?

Extra production?: The most common reason why the test is ordered is to see if your body is making too much catecholamines. If the test is positive, you might need an imaging study (ct scan, mibg, mri...) to see whether or not a tumor (adrenal) is doing this. ...Read more

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What type of specialist do I need to consult who could help me find ways to keep catecholamines as low as possible when waking up?

Strange question: I'm not sure what you are experiencing that makes you think your catecholamine levels are high when you wake up. What are your symptoms? What other medical conditions and medications do you take? An endocrinologist deals with adrenal problems, but it sounds like you need to see your primary doctor first to help decide what the problem is and who to see. ...Read more

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I have POTS syndrome& my baseline catecholamine levels are quite abnormally low & did't respond to the catecholamine injection. Normal with POTS?

I have POTS syndrome& my baseline catecholamine levels are quite abnormally low & did't respond to the catecholamine injection. Normal with POTS?

Depends: The good news is most people with POTS due well over time. The frustrating part is that it is possibly more than one disorder with similar symptoms. The diagnosis is relatively straightforward & usually done with a tilt table test. What exactly you are referring to as a catecholamine injection could be a variety of things & are rarely done. Confirm diagnosis & see someone specializing in this! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about elevated catecholamines?

Can you tell me about elevated catecholamines?

Stress response: Hi. Elevated catecholamines are part of the "fight or flight" response mediated by the sympathetic nervous system in response to a serious threat to your survival. If someone has a tumor that makes catecholamines (pheochromocytoma or paraganglioma), they have elevated catecholamines, and usually bad high blood pressure, palpitations, sweating, headache, and pallor. Interesting stuff! ...Read more

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What to do if everything you know about elevated catecholamines?

What to do if everything you know about elevated catecholamines?

Incomplete sentence: Hi. That's not a complete thought or question. Would you like to clarify it? I can tell you elevated catecholamines can be either physiological (the "fight or flight" response") or pathological (tumors of the adrenal medulla or related tissue). But I can't for the life of me understand what you're thinking or trying to ask. Good luck! ...Read more

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Who would need a urine catecholamine fractionation?

Who would   need a urine catecholamine fractionation?

Possible tumor: Urine catecholamines are separated into dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, vma, and dopa, among others. Each of these metabolites are differently expressed by certain tumors, often in the adrenal gland, or sometimes in other sites. This gives a guide to where to test further, or what else may be giving rise to the symptoms (often high blood pressure, heart beat abnormalities, etc). ...Read more

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What is the reason for checking catecholamine levels in the urine?

What is the reason for checking catecholamine levels in the urine?

Pheo: Anyone found to have hypertension that isn't classic, or to have other symptoms of pheochromocytoma (or in a youngster, neuroblastoma) will get one or more catecholamine checks. ...Read more

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Can methylphenidate causehigh lvls catecholamines fractionated blod test?+mking result undifferentiat so hyperadrnrgcpots cannot be diagnosis b/c of med use?

Can methylphenidate causehigh lvls catecholamines fractionated blod test?+mking result undifferentiat so hyperadrnrgcpots cannot be diagnosis b/c of med use?

Ritalin (methylphenidate) and POTS: Methylphenidate shows up as methampetamine in a blood test. To DX hyperadrenergic postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (pots) would be a clinical issue not primarily based on a blood test. I can see trying methylphenidate for the chronic fatigue aspects of pots, but the best treatment is often regular aerobic exercise. ...Read more