Aid in evaluation of androgen deficiency or excess states (hirsutism and/or virilization), monitoring low dose dexamethasone suppression therapy. Additionally, DHEA-sulfate has been shown to be secreted excessively by adrenal carcinomas but not adenomas.
Male: 80-560 mcg/dl; > 20 years Female: 35-430 mcg/dl.
- DHEA Sulfate
Collect specimen in SST tube. Centrifuge, aliquot serum into a plastic vial and freeze.
Concentration of DHEA-S is related to chronological age; the level increases through puberty, peaks between 20-30 years, and declines thereafter.