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  DHEA-S
 
Authors: Alex J. Rai, PhD, Lori J. Sokoll, PhD Last modified: November 29, 2001
DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA
 
 
IMPORTANT POINTS/RECOMMENDATIONS
  • DHEA-S is a sulfated derivative of DHEA.
  • Serum DHEA-S decreases with age.
  • Glucocorticoid therapy over several days can cause a decrease in DHEA-S.
  • No steroids, ACTH, estradiol, or gonadotropin medications should be given for 48h prior to collection.
  • Reference range intervals are assay dependent and may vary between laboratories.
 
REFERENCES
  1. Joan H. Howanitz and John Bernard Henry ;  Evaluation of Endocrine Function ;  Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods, Twentieth Edition. W.B. Saunders Company (2001).

  2. Jacobs, DS, Demott, WR, Grady, HJ, Horvat, RT, Huestis, DW, Kasten Jr, BL ;  Laboratory Test Handbook, Fourth Edition. ;  Lexi-Comp Inc., Hudson (Cleveland) 1996

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