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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Homovanillic Acid (HVA), urine

Clinical Significance

Homovanillic acid has been identified as the principal urinary metabolite of dopa and dopamine. HVA supports the diagnosis of neuroblastoma and malignant pheochromocytoma.

Test Name

Homovanillic Acid (HVA), urine

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

LC-MS/MS

Turn Around Time

Weekly

Specimen Type

Urine

Minimum Specimen Requirements

20 mL

Storage/Transportation

Frozen

Approval is not required

CPT Codes

82570, 83150

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

≤1y : ≤20.0 mmol/mol cre
2-4y : ≤14.0 mmol/mol cre
5-9y : ≤9.0 mmol/mol cre
10-19y : ≤8.0 mmol/mol cre
≥20y : ≤5.0 mmol/mol cre