Normetanephrine? Anybody know about adrenal issues?

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judy3
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   Posted 11/26/2008 4:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got some bloodwork back, and my metanephrine was within the referance range but NORMETANEPHRINE was 322, range is from 52-310, any input would be appreciated

Razzle
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   Posted 11/26/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Apparently, Normetanephrine is a metabolite of Norepinephrine (adrenal hormone that is involved in "flight or fight" response to stress) and may be a marker for certain types of tumors (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normetanephrine ). However, being that yours is only slightly elevated, it could be normal daily variation, lab error, etc., so I'd discuss this with your doctor and if still concerned, maybe re-checking blood levels, or checking urine levels may be useful.

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-Razzle
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