It is done in males along with other hormone tests like testosterone to:
In females, it is done with the other hormone tests like FSH, LH, prolactin, estrogen to help diagnose a condition called Polycystic ovarian syndrome and to help rule out other causes of infertility, amenorrhea.
To evaluate the person’s adrenal gland’s function, it is done when the following signs and symptoms are seen in women:
In boys, it is done when they show signs of precocious puberty, development of deeper voice, pubic hair, muscularity and enlarged penis well before the age of puberty.
The normal values are:
Typical normal ranges for females are:
Typical normal ranges for males are:
High DHEA levels along with other tests may indicate adrenocortical tumor, Cushing disease, adrenal cancer, PCOS.
Low levels may be due to adrenal insufficiency, adrenal dysfunction, Addison’s disease, hypopituitarisim.