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Laboratory Medicine

Test catalogue

Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate(DHEA)

Test Name

Dehydroepiandrosterone sulphate (DHEA)

Gold Tube Specimen Type / Requirements

Container Type = Gold (SST)

Minimum Volume = 1ml Serum

Tube must fill to at least ½ or greater of its vacuum capacity

Specimen Handling

Collection Instructions:

Serum or plasma, free from hemolysis, collected with or without gel separator. For plasma use lithium heparin only. Fasting samples preferred

Write your initials, date and time of collection on the collection label.


Stable for 4 h at room temperature, at 2°C-8°C for 4 days and frozen for 1 month.


Transport at room temperature ASAP.

Laboratory Staff Instructions:

Separate serum or plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. .

Sample Rejection Criteria:

Lipemic specimens unacceptable. Avoid Hemolysis and/or Non sufficient Quantity (Not Sufficient Quantity)

Required Documentation

Turnaround Time (TAT)

1 Day

Test Utilization

Reference Value

Male :

Prepuberty: 0.7 - 6.7 umol/L

Adult: 2.0 - 13.5 umol/L


Pre-menopausal: 2.0 - 11.0 umol/L

Post-menopausal: 0.3 - 7.0 umol/L

Test Code



Competitive Chemiluminesce Immunoassay

Testing Location


Other Information

Last Updated: June 06, 2019