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Steroid Profile

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Test Code: SPR

Tube type: Universal Container

Special instructions
Random urine (plain) for qualitative analysis. A timed 24hr urine (plain) collection is only required for calculation of daily secretion rates.
For newborns: a faeces free nappy collection can be used. Samples should be collected after day 3 of life.
Urine must be collected before steroid (e.g hydrocortisone) or electrolyte treatment commences.
If glucocorticoid treatment essential: Dexamethasone is preferred.
Clinical details required.

Sent away to the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, King's College Hospital, London
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Reference range
The steroid reference laboratory provides age appropriate reference data and an interpretation of results based on relevant clinical information.

Turnaround Time
21 days

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
Identification of inborn errors of steroid metabolism: Premature adrenarche; precocious puberty; Gender ambiguity, Male pseudo-hermaphroditism or salt wasting. Life threatening steroid deficiency needs to be identified rapidly.

1. Disorders of adrenal steroid biosynthesis.
2. DSD,Male pseudo-hermaphroditism.
3. Steroid-producing tumours.
4. Steroid sulphatase deficiency.
5. Congenital adrenal hypoplasia.
6. Premature adrenarche / precocious puberty.

Webpage updated March 2024

» King's College Hospital (Synnovis) Urine Steroid Profile Information Page
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