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

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A low level of DHEA-S might mean:

  • A damaged adrenal gland
  • Addison’s disease, a rare condition that causes weak muscles, lack of energy, weight loss, and low blood pressure
  • Hypopituitarism, a rare hormonal disease that can lead to tiredness, low sex drive, infertility, weight loss, and short height in children

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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