DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone), Unconjugated

Cleveland Heartlab D, Test


CPT Code: 82626
Order Code: 19894
ABN Requirement: No
Alternative Name(s): Unconjugated DHEA
: Serum
Volume:  0.5 mL
Minimum Volume:  0.3 mL
Container: Red Top (no gel barrier) Tube


  1. Collect and label sample according to standard protocols.
  2. Gently invert tube 5 times immediately after draw. Do not shake.
  3. Allow blood to clot 30 minutes.
  4. Centrifuge for 10 minutes.
  5. Aliquot serum into transport tube labeled as “Red Top Serum” and cap tightly. Discard original tube.

Fasting: Overnight fasting is preferred.

Collection Instructions: Specify age and sex on test request form.

Transport: Store serum at 2°C to 8°C after collection and ship the same day per packaging instructions included with the provided shipping box.


Ambient (15-25°C): 7 days
Refrigerated (2-8°C):
7 days
Frozen (-20°C):
2 years

Causes for Rejection: Specimens other than serum; improper labeling; samples not stored properly; samples older than stability limits; serum separator tube (SST) specimen; plasma; gross hemolysis

Methodology: Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Turn Around Time:  6 to 9 days

Reference Range: See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance: DHEA is a weakly androgenic steroid that is useful when congenital adrenal hyperplasia is suspected. It is also useful in determining the source of androgens in hyperandrogenic conditions, such as polycystic ovarian syndrome and adrenal tumors.

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