DHEA_ - Specimen: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Serum

Test Catalog

Test Name

Test ID: DHEA_    
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), Serum

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Serum

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Additional Information:

1. Patient's age and sex are required.

2. See Steroid Pathways in Special Instructions.

Specimen Minimum Volume The amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Laboratory.

0.45 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross reject

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross reject

Icterus

Mild OK; Gross OK

Other

Serum gel tube

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
SerumFrozen (preferred)28 days
 Refrigerated 21 days
 Ambient 6 hours