Catecholamines are useful for the body and are necessary for responding to fright or stress, and help the body react in 'fight or flight' situations. Catecholamines are generated in large amounts by the adrenal glands to react to stress. Dopamine, norepinephrine (noradrenaline), and epinephrine (adrenaline) are the main catecholamines. Catecholamines are known to increase mental alertness, muscle strength, breathing rate, blood pressure, and heart rate. Sometimes, tumours like pheochromocytoma can also increase the level of catecholamines in the urine and blood. This can lead to tremors, palpitations, headaches, excessive sweating, and high blood pressure.


Plasma Catecholamines by HPLC is designed for the quantitative simultaneous determination of free plasma catecholamines dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine, for the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma.


Technical Specifications:                                                               


Principles:                                       Isocratic HPLC  (Reversed Phase)


Duration of chromatography:          19 minutes


Sample volume and type:               1 ml of plasma


Flow rate:                                        0.7 mL/min


Detection:                                        Electrochemical


Number of test:                               100/kit