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Overview

The Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test is a blood test that is used to measure the amount Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate in the blood. It is also known as DHEA-Sulfate (DHEA-SO4). Dehydroepiandrosterone is a weak male hormone produced mostly by the adrenal cortex. It is found in both men and women.

What is Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate?

The Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test is conducted to check whether the level of Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate in the blood is normal, low, or high. This is also done to monitor the health of the adrenal glands in the body.

Why is Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate suggested?

The Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test is suggested to diagnose symptoms such as

  • Acne, deep voice, hirsutism, or excessive hair on the face and body, and increased muscularity in females.
  • Diabetes, aging, osteoporosis, dementia, erectile dysfunction, and hair loss.

How is the Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test performed?

The Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test is performed by taking a blood sample from a vein of the arm.

What are the Parameters Measured in Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate?

The Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test measures the following parameters:

  • Level of Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate in the blood.
  • Functioning of the two adrenal glands.

Preparation before Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate Test

No specialized training is needed. There may some required preparations to follow

  • The doctor may provide some recommendations to the patient.
  • If the patient is on steroids, they should discuss with the
  • You may need to take the test in the morning with empty stomach.

Post-care after Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate

A person who receives an abnormal Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test result should

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Take rest after giving a sample for Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test.
  • Report any discomfort after the test, to the doctor.
  • In case of high Dehydroepiandrosterone level, you must avoid any type of steroids.

Sample types in Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate

Only a blood sample is required to measure the Dehydroepiandrosterone level in a Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test.

Side effects/risks of Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate

There are no side effects/risks of the Dehydroepiandrosterone-Sulfate test. However, the following problems may arise:

  • Drawing blood can be painful.
  • The patient can feel faint or lightheaded
  • risk of infection at the sample collection site.

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