Ordering Recommendation

Adjunct test for the investigation of hyperandrogenic and adrenal disorders. Not recommended for initial evaluation of polycystic ovarian syndrome.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state 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


Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry




1-5 days

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