DHEA

Test ID: 

704130

CPT code:

82626

Synonyms:

  • DHEA
  • Unconjugated DHEA

Clinical Use:

Evaluate adrenal carcinomas that frequently secrete large amounts of DHEA

Test Information:

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid that is produced by both the adrenal cortex and the testis.3 The levels of this steroid increase before the onset of puberty (adrenarche) and decrease significantly with age.4 DHEA and DHEA-S are the major precursors of 17-ketosteroids.

Specimen Type:

Serum

Requested Volume: 

1 mL

Minimum Volume: 

0.5 mL

Container Type: 

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube

Patient Preparation: 

 

Collection:

If a red-top tube is used, transfer separated serum to a plastic transport tube.

Storage Instructions:

Refrigerate

Stability Requirements:

Temperature

Period

Room temperature

6 hours

Refrigerated

14 days

Frozen

14 days

Freeze/thaw cycles

Stable x3

 

 

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