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.
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

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)

Hotline History
CPT Codes


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
2001641 Dehydroepiandrosterone by TMS 2193-1
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  • DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma)
  • Unconjugated DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma)
Dehydroepiandrosterone, Serum or Plasma