An HPLC system for the simultaneous determination of acidic catecholamine metabolites, related compounds and 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) in human urine was developed. A mixed-mode (C18/anion-exchange) column with isocratic elution using citrate buffer and an eight-channel electrochemical detector were used. Vanilmandelic acid (VMA), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), 4-hydroxy-3-methoxyphenyllactic acid (vanillactic acid, VLA), homovanillic acid (HVA), vanillic acid (VA) and 5-HIAA in urine were determined simultaneously. Detection limits and inter (n = 5) and intra-assay (n = 5) coefficients of variation were satisfactory. The mean of analytical recoveries (n = 3, +/- C.V. (%)) were between 97 +/- 3.2 (VMA) and 105 +/- 4.8 (VA). Correlations between the analytical results for VMA, HVA and 5-HIAA obtained by an established method and the present method were satisfactory. The mean +/- 2 S.D. of the excretion rates of VMA, DOPAC, VLA, HVA, 5-HIAA and VA in urine from healthy adult volunteers were 0.61-4.36, 0.13-1.02, 0-0.35, 0.67-6.55, 0.50-5.14 and 0-0.55 mg/g creatinine, respectively.