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Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Reference Range

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) can be measured with radioimmunoassay, liquid chromatography–mass spectrometry (LC-MS), or chemiluminescent techniques, and the reference range varies by the technique used.

The reference ranges for DHEA concentrations measured with LC-MS are listed in Table 1.

Table 1. Reference Ranges of DHEA Concentrations by Tanner Stage, Age, and Sex as Measured With LC-MS (Open Table in a new window)

Tanner Stage

Male

Female

 

 

 

Stage I

110-2370 ng/L

140-2760 ng/L

Stage II

370-3660 ng/L

830-4870 ng/L

Stage III

750-5240 ng/L

1080-7560 ng/L

Stage IV and V

1216-67030 ng/L

1240-7880 ng/L

 

 

 

Age

Male

Female

6-24 months

< 2500 ng/L

< 1990 ng/L

2-3 years

< 630 ng/L

< 850 ng/L

4-5 years

< 950 ng/L

< 1030 ng/L

6-7 years

60-1930 ng/L

< 1790 ng/L

7-9 years

100-2080 ng/L

140-2350 ng/L

10-11 years

320-3080 ng/L

430-3780 ng/L

12-13 years

570-4100 ng/L

890-6210 ng/L

14-15 years

930-6040 ng/L

1220-7010 ng/L

16-17 years

1170-6520 ng/L

1420-9000 ng/L

18-40 years

1330-7780 ng/L

1330-7780 ng/L

40-67 years

630-4700 ng/L

630-4700 ng/L

The image below depicts the molecular structure of DHEA.

Ball-and-stick model of the dehydroepiandrosterone

Ball-and-stick model of the dehydroepiandrosterone molecule. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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