Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma
Ordering Recommendation
Adjunct test for the investigation of hyperandrogenic and adrenal disorders. Not recommended for initial evaluation of polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry
1-4 days  
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Submit With Order
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
Collect between 6-10 a.m.  
Serum separator tube or green (sodium or lithium heparin). Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA).  
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum or plasma to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL)  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Unacceptable Conditions
After separation from cells: Ambient: 24 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 6 months  
Reference Interval
Effective August 19, 2013
Age Female Male
Premature Less than 40 ng/mL Less than 40 ng/mL
0-​1 day Less than 11 ng/mL Less than 11 ng/mL
2-​6 days Less than 8.7 ng/mL Less than 8.7 ng/mL
7 days-​1 month Less than 5.8 ng/mL Less than 5.8 ng/mL
1-​5 months Less than 2.9 ng/mL Less than 2.9 ng/mL
6-​24 months Less than 1.9 9 ng/mL Less than 2.5 ng/mL
2-​3 years Less than 0.85 ng/mL Less than 0.63 ng/mL
4-​5 years Less than 1.03 ng/mL Less than 0.95 ng/mL
6-​7 years Less than 1.79 ng/mL 0.06-​1.93 ng/mL
8-​9 years 0.14-​2.35 ng/mL 0.10-​2.08 ng/mL
10-​11 years 0.43-​3.78 ng/mL 0.32-​3.08 ng/mL
12-​13 years 0.89-​6.21 ng/mL 0.57-​4.10 ng/mL
14-​15 years 1.22-​7.01 ng/mL 0.93-​6.04 ng/mL
16-​17 years 1.42-​9.00 ng/mL 1.17-​6.52 ng/mL
18-​39 years 1.33-​7.78 ng/mL 1.33-​7.78 ng/mL
40 years and older 0.63-​4.70 ng/mL 0.63-​4.70 ng/mL
Postmenopausal 0.60-​5.73 ng/mL Does Not Apply
Tanner Stage I 0.14-​2.76 ng/mL 0.11-​2.37 ng/mL
Tanner Stage II 0.83-​4.87 ng/mL 0.37-​3.66 ng/mL
Tanner Stage III 1.08-​7.56 ng/mL 0.75-​5.24 ng/mL
Tanner Stage IV-​V 1.24-​7.88 ng/mL 1.22-​6.73 ng/mL
Interpretive Data

See Compliance Statement B:  
CPT Code(s)
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
2001641Dehydroepiandrosterone by TMS
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  • DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma)
  • Unconjugated DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma)