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What do high dehydroepiandrosterone-sulfate (DHEA-S) results mean?

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The normal range for DHEA-S depends on your age, sex, health, and even the way the lab measures the results. A normal level means your adrenal glands are working right.

A high level of DHEA-S could mean you might have:

  • Adrenal cancer or tumors
  • Cushing's disease, which can cause fat on the back of the neck and on the belly, full face, skin bruising, and excess hair growth
  • Adrenal hyperplasia, a condition that makes your adrenal gland overactive
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome, which causes sex hormones to get out of balance and often leads to infertility

From: What Is a DHEA Test? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "DHEAS."

University of Rochester: "Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate."

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: "Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperandrogenic Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

American Association for Clinical Chemistry: "DHEAS."

University of Rochester: "Dehydroepiandrosterone and Dehydroepiandrosterone Sulfate."

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists: "Medical Guidelines for Clinical Practice for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Hyperandrogenic Disorders."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 30, 2018

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