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Test ID: LH
Luteinizing Hormone (LH), 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.


0-14 days: not established

15 days-10 years: 0.3-2.8 IU/L

11 years: 0.3-1.8 IU/L

12 years: 0.3-4.0 IU/L

13 years: 0.3-6.0 IU/L

14 years: 0.5-7.9 IU/L

15-16 years: 0.5-10.8 IU/L

17 years: 0.9-5.9 IU/L

> or =18 years: 1.8-8.6 IU/L



Stage l: 0.3-2.7 IU/L

Stage ll: 0.3-5.1 IU/L

Stage lll: 0.3-6.9 IU/L

Stage lV: 0.5-5.3 IU/L

Stage V: 0.8-11.8 IU/L

*Puberty onset 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) should be reached by age 18.


0-14 days: not established

15 days-3 years: 0.3-2.5 IU/L

4-6 years: < or =1.9 IU/L

7-8 years: < or =3.0 IU/L

9-10 years: < or =4.0 IU/L

11 years: < or =6.5 IU/L

12 years: 0.4-9.9 IU/L

13 years: 0.3-5.4 IU/L

14 years: 0.5-31.2 IU/L

15 years: 0.5-20.7 IU/L

16 years: 0.4-29.4 IU/L

17 years: 1.6-12.4 IU/L

> or =18 years


Follicular: 2.1-10.9 IU/L

Midcycle: 20.0-100.0 IU/L

Luteal: 1.2-12.9 IU/L

Postmenopausal: 10.0-60.0 IU/L



Stage I: < or =2.0 IU/L

Stage II: < or =6.5 IU/L

Stage III: 0.3-17.2 IU/L

Stage IV: 0.5-26.3 IU/L

Stage V: 0.6-13.7 IU/L

*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) should be reached by age 18.


Pediatric ranges derived for DXI method from analytic comparison to reference method in: Elmlinger MW, Kuhnel W, Ranke MB: Reference ranges for serum concentrations of lutropin (LH), follitropin (FSH), estradiol (E2), prolactin, progesterone, sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), cortisol and ferritin in neonates, children and young adults. Clin Chem Lab Med 2002;40(11):1151-1160