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Dehydroepiandro Sterone Sulphate (DHEAS), Serum

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Synonyms/Also Known as

DHEA-SO4, DHEA Sulfate

Related tests

Testosterone, ACTH, FSH, LH, Prolactin, Estrogens, SHBG, 17-Hydroxyprogesterone, Androstenedione

Why get tested?

To evaluate the function of adrenal glands, to detect adrenal gland tumors or cancers, to determine the cause of virilization in females (Masculine Physical Characteristics) or precocious puberty in boys.

When to get tested?

When a girl or woman has hirsutism(excess facial and body hair), acne, amenorrhea(absence of menstrual periods ), áinfertility. when a boy shows signs of very precocious puberty (deeper voice, pubic hair, or muscle development).

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About The Test

How is it used
In males, the dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) test is done along with other male hormone tests in order to evaluate the function of the adrenal gland, distinguish DHEAS-secreting conditions caused by the adrenal glands from those of testicles or in the ovaries, diagnose adrenocortical tumors, and congenital or adult-onset adrenal hyperplasia. In women, the dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS) test levels are usually measured along with other female hormones levels ( FSH, LH, prolactin, estrogen, and testosterone) to diagnose polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), to rule out other causes of infertility, to diagnose the cause of virilization in young girls and early (precocious) puberty in young boys.


1. Does sample collection for DHEAS test requires a specific time?

Some hormone levels vary according to time(diurnal variation). The DHEAS concentration, however, remains stable without any variations. so sample may be collected at any time.

2. Are people with elevated DHEAS levels always symptomatic?

Not necessarily. People with elevated DHEAS levels may remain asymptomatic.

3. Is a DHEAS test routine test?

DHEAS test is only done if a person has signs or symptoms suggesting excess or deficiency of DHEAS.