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Test ID DHEA_ Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Serum

Useful For

Diagnosing and differential diagnosis of hyperandrogenism (in conjunction with measurements of other sex steroids)

 

An initial screen in adults might include dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)/dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) and bioavailable testosterone measurement. Depending on results, this may be supplemented with measurements of sex hormone-binding globulin and occasionally other androgenic steroids (eg, 17-hydroxyprogesterone).

 

An adjunct in the diagnosis of congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH); DHEA/DHEAS measurements play a secondary role to the measurements of cortisol/cortisone, 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone, and androstenedione.

 

Diagnosing and differential diagnosis of premature adrenarche

Special Instructions

Method Name

Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Portions of this test are covered by patent(s) held by Quest Diagnostics

Reporting Name

Dehydroepiandrosterone, S

Specimen Type

Serum

Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Additional Information:

1. Patient's age and sex are required.

2. See Steroid Pathways in Special Instructions.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.45 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time
Serum Frozen (preferred) 28 days
  Refrigerated  21 days
  Ambient  6 hours

Reference Values

Premature: <40 ng/mL*

0-1 day: <11 ng/mL*

2-6 days: <8.7 ng/mL*

7 days-1 month: <5.8 ng/mL*

>1-23 months: <2.9 ng/mL*

2-5 years: <2.3 ng/mL

6-10 years: <3.4 ng/mL

11-14 years: <5.0 ng/mL

15-18 years: <6.6 ng/mL

19-30 years: <13 ng/mL

31-40 years: <10 ng/mL

41-50 years: <8.0 ng/mL

51-60 years: <6.0 ng/mL

≥61 years: <5.0 ng/mL

 

*Source: Dehydroepiandrosterone. In Pediatric Reference Ranges. 5th edition. Edited by SJ Soldin, C Brugnara, EC Wong. Washington, DC, AACC Press, 2005, p 75

Day(s) and Time(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday; 9 a.m.

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Medical Laboratories in Rochester

CPT Code Information

82626

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
DHEA_ Dehydroepiandrosterone, S 2193-1

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
81405 Dehydroepiandrosterone, S 2193-1

Test Classification

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.