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Blood Test Information

(a.k.a Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate)
minimum sample volume required ~ 5ml

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Test Code: AND

Tube type: SST

Other acceptable tube types
Lithium heparin (pale green)

Special instructions

Sent away to University Hospital of Wales, Heath Park, Cardiff

Reference range
Reference range for DHEA-S is age and sex specific, see report


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Turnaround Time
14 days

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA-S) is the major steroid produced by the adrenal cortex (zona reticularis) in adults.

DHEA-S has a longer half-life (10-20hr) than its non-sulphated form DHEA (1-3hr), hence the measurement of DHEA-S.

Assessment of DHEA-S may be useful in –
1) Ambiguous genitalia in neonates
2) Investigating suspected androgen excess (hirsutism/virilization)
3) Following up significant elevations in testosterone in females (confirmed via LC-MS) and/or virilization of sudden onset

Webpage updated: March 2024.


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