Days Set Up
Analytic Time

8 hours

MiChart Code
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
Soft Order Code

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Test Overview

Test Methodology


Test Usage

DHEA is the primary adrenal androgen and is an important precursor in the biosynthesis of testosterone and estrogens. Nevertheless, circulating DHEA does not appear to be a major precursor of testosterone in cases of androgen excess. It has also been shown that FREE DHEA may be derived in large part from the hydrolysis of circulating DHEA-sulfate, the most abundant adrenal steroid known. Free DHEA levels are often used in conjunction with plasma testosterone, androstenedione, and DHEA-sulfate.

Reference Range

[bold]*Ranges provided by Chemical Pathology, Special Testing Section[/bold]

* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.

Specimen Requirements

Collection Offsite

Collect specimen in a red top (preferred) or SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and freeze.

Red Top Tube
Normal Volume
1 mL serum
Minimum Volume
0.6 mL serum

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As the reference laboratory division of Michigan Medicine's Department of Pathology, MLabs shares the institution's commitment to applying established quality principles to clinical laboratory testing. Like other large organizations in complex, consequential fields, we rely on an established approach to monitor quality throughout the testing process.