Abstract An improved method is described for determining picogram quantities of 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol (MHPG) in plasma of humans and of other species. The method makes use of gas-liquid chromatography and electron capture detection. Low level nonlinearity of detector response was corrected by operating the detector in the pulsed rather then the customary steady state mode. Detector overloading was prevented by heat coagulation of plasma proteins and subsequent ultrafiltration. Sensitivity was significantly enhanced by utilizing a derivatizing agent carrying a higher number of electrophores. Baseline conditions are described and control values for plasma MHPG of human volunteers, Rhesus monkeys and rats are presented.