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5-Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid Urine 24 Hour

Ordering Info & Methodology

Test Code

Cerner Synonyms


5HIAA Urine 24 Hr, 5-HIAA, 5HIAA, serotonin, 5-hydoxy indole acetic acid

Turn Around Time


Ordering Guide


Specimen Requirements

Sample Type

Collection Container

Alternate Collection Containers


Urine collection jug

24h collection

Add on stability
This is the length of time after sample collection that this analyte is stable. Test can be added to a previously collected sample if the time since collection is less than the add on stability time.

Minimum Volume

Add On Stability

Collection and Shipping Requirements

Adjust pH to 2-3 and aliquot 50mL of well mixed 24h collection. Refrigerate, send on ice pack.

Reference Intervals

Female Reference Interval

Age Category
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Male Reference Interval

Age Category
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Additional Notes

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Measurement Uncertainty (MU)
Every laboratory value is an estimate of the true concentration of substance. MU is the 95% confidence interval around that estimate. 95% of the time, the true concentration will be within the range of the reported value ±MU. This value is based on analytical variability (precision) and does not reflect other factors such as sample collection and handling which may also affect the result.


Reported sodium = 140 mmol/L
Sodium MU = 1%
Expanded uncertainty = 140 mmol/L ± 1% or 140mmol/L ± 1.4 mmol/L
Interpretation - the true value of sodium in the sample is in the range 138.6-141.4 mmol/L, with 95% confidence.

Measurement Uncertainty

For 48h prior to and during collection, patients should avoid the following foods and medications:


  • avocados

  • bananas

  • butternut squash

  • melons

  • dates

  • kiwis

  • eggplants

  • grapefruit

  • nuts

  • pineapple

  • plums

  • tomatoes


  • L-dopa

  • acetaminophen

  • salicylates (ASA)

  • cough syrups containing guaifenesin

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