Specimen Requirements


Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Sulfate

Specimen Requirement

Collect SST, Red Top or Lithium Heparin/1.0 mL serum/plasma. Centrifuge after 30 minutes of clotting. If Red Top or Lithium Heparin collected, centrifuge and transfer serum/plasma into a transport tube, indicate specimen type on tube.



Electrochemiluminescence immunoassay (ECLIA)


Room temp: 14 days, Refrigerated: 14 days, Frozen: 14 days

Reference Range

By Report*


1 day

Clinical Use

Work up women with infertility, amenorrhea, or hirsutism to identify the source of excessive androgen; aid in the evaluation of androgen excess (hirsutism and/or virilization), including Stein-Leventhal syndrome and adrenocortical diseases, including congenital adrenal hyperplasia and adrenal tumor. DHEA-S is not increased with hypopituitarism. It is low in Addison disease.

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