DHEAS

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Also known as: DHEA-SO4; DHEA Sulphate
Formal name: Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulphate

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

DHEAS is measured to evaluate adrenal function and certain adrenal tumours, and to investigate the cause of virilisation (showing features of male hormones) or excess facial and body hair (hirsutism) in girls and women or early (precocious) puberty in boys.

When to Get Tested?

The measurement of DHEAS is used very infrequently in the UK as it has been found that other tests are more helpful. A doctor may measure DHEAS in those with signs or symptoms that may be due to the presence or too much male hormone.

It is sometimes used in the investigation of Cushing’s syndrome.

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

No test preparation is needed