Dehydroepiandrosterone, Unconjugated

Overview

  • EPIC Code:
  • LAB522
  • Soft Test Code:
  • DHEU
  • Send Out Test Code:
  • 19894X
Alternate Names
  • DHEA
  • DHEA, Unconjugated
Clinical Significance

DHEA is a weakly androgenic steroid that is useful when congenital adrenal hyperplasia is suspected. It is also useful in determining the source of androgens in hyperandrogenic conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and adrenal tumors.


Specimen Collection & Preparation

Patient Preparation

Overnight Fasting is preferred


Specimen Requirements

0.5 mL Frozen Serum from a Red Top Tube in a Plastic Vial

Alternate Specimen

0.5 mL Frozen Plasma from a Green Top Tube - Li Heparin in a Plastic Vial
or
0.5 mL Frozen Plasma from a Green Top Tube - Na Heparin in a Plastic Vial

TransportAndStorage

6 hours Ambient
72 hours Refrigerated 
2 years Frozen (Transport/Preferred)

Collection Instructions

Age and Gender must be included on order

Clinical Interpretation

Reference Range:

Refer to Interpretive Results        


Methodology:
  • Liquid Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (LC/MS)

Clinical Significance

DHEA is a weakly androgenic steroid that is useful when congenital adrenal hyperplasia is suspected. It is also useful in determining the source of androgens in hyperandrogenic conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and adrenal tumors.


Production Schedule

Sites Performed
  • Quest - Chantilly to San Juan Capistrano
Days Performed
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Departments
  • Sendouts - Clinical
Turn Around Time

6 to 8 days


Coding & Compliance

CDM

00911025


CPT Coding

82626