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Test ID: DHES
Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate (DHEA-S), Serum

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Secondary ID A test code used for billing and in test definitions created prior to November 2011

8493

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

MALES

1-14 days: DHEA-S levels in newborns are very elevated at birth but will fall to prepubertal levels within a few days.

Tanner Stages* 

Mean

Age

Reference Range (mcg/dL)

Stage I

>14 days

<15-120

Stage II

11.5 years

<15-333

Stage III

13.6 years

<15-312

Stage IV

15.1 years

29-412

Stage V

18.0 years

89-457

*Puberty onset (transition from Tanner stage I to Tanner stage II) occurs for boys at a median age of 11.5 (+/-) 2 years. For boys, there is no proven relationship between puberty onset and body weight or ethnic origin. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner stage V (adult) is usually reached by age 18.

18-29 years: 89-457 mcg/dL

30-39 years: 65-334 mcg/dL

40-49 years: 48-244 mcg/dL

50-59 years: 35-179 mcg/dL

> or =60 years: 25-131 mcg/dL

 

FEMALES

1-14 days: DHEA-S levels in newborns are very elevated at birth but fall to prepubertal levels within a few days.

Tanner Stages* 

Mean

Age

Reference Range (mcg/dL)

Stage I

>14 days

16-96

Stage II

10.5 years

22-184

Stage III

11.6 years

<15-296

Stage IV

12.3 years

17-343

Stage V

14.5 years

44-332

*Puberty onset (transition from Tanner stage I to Tanner stage II) occurs for girls at a median age of 10.5 (+/-) 2 years. There is evidence that it may occur up to 1 year earlier in obese girls and in African American girls. Progression through Tanner stages is variable. Tanner stage V (adult) is usually reached by age 18.

18-29 years: 44-332 mcg/dL

30-39 years: 31-228 mcg/dL

40-49 years: 18-244 mcg/dL

50-59 years: <15-200 mcg/dL

> or =60 years: <15-157 mcg/dL



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