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

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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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