Int J Sports Med 1988; 09: 75-78
DOI: 10.1055/s-2008-1025620
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Normal Values of Catecholamines in Blood Plasma Determined by High-Performance Liquid Chromatography with Amperometric Detection*

R. Pluto, P. Bürger
  • Department of Pathophysiology and Sports Medicine, Medical Clinic and Policlinic, University of Heidelberg, FRG
* The results of this study were published in German: Pluto R., Bürger P., Weicker H.: Die physiologische Variabilität der Plasma-Katecholamine. Klin Wschr 64: 625-632, 1986. ©Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg - Berlin - New York
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14 March 2008 (online)


Norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (EPI), and dopamine (DA) were determined in the blood plasma of 122 subjects by high-performance liquid chromatography with amperometric detection (HPLCA). The range of normal values in the supine position was 0.15-3.50 nmol/1 for NE, 0.01-0.80 nmol/1 for EPI, and 0.04-4.50 nmol/1 for DA. The effect induced by inserting intravenous catheters, food intake, cigarette smoking, varying body positions, and sex differences are also presented in this paper.

As a modified HPLCA method was used, we were able to examine a large collective group. Thus, it was possible to compare the results of other authors which have been found in smaller collective groups.