Vanillylmandelic Acid Test (VMA)

Vanillylmandelic Acid (VMA) is part of the breakdown products (metabolites) of epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine produced in the adrenal glands.

8,500.00 60 minutes

This is requested by clinicians for the following medical conditions:

  • For screening and monitoring of neuroblastoma and other neural crest tumors.
  • To monitor elevated levels of epinephrine as these are linked into hypertension, panic attacks, and hyperactivity disorders.
  • To monitor low levels dopamine as these are associated with CNS Disorders (Depression, Anxiety, Schizophrenia, and Insomnia)

Patient Preparation

  • Limit water intake to 2 liters of water and avoid caffeine before the day of collection
  • No intake of citrus fruit, pineapple, grapes and tomato 3 days prior the test
  • 3 days prior, stop all non-essential medications such as amino acid supplements, melatonin, 5-HTP, laxatives, and teas.

Method: Liquid Chromatography Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Specimen Volume Requirement: 20ml midstream urine (First Morning)
Turnaround time: Cut off every Tuesday 4PM, release by Friday 12NN
Storage: -20°C Freezer, and ship on ice