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.