Dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEA-Sulfate) is a male sex hormone produced by the adrenal glands in men and women. The DHEA-Sulfate blood test measures the amount of DHEA-Sulfate produced by the adrenal glands.  The amount of DHEA-Sulfate in the blood can help in the diagnosis of adrenal problems including tumors and cancers related to the adrenal glands.

Sometimes the DHEA-Sulfate test is ordered if a woman develops:

A deeper voice
Hirsutism
Amenorrhea
Male-like muscles

Acne

Enlarged Adam’s apple

Breasts reducing in size

NORMAL RESULTS

Normal blood levels of DHEA-Sulfate can differ for male and females and by age. It is measured in micrograms per one tenth of a liter-a deciliter (ug/dL). 
For females, the results should be:
Ages 18 – 19: 145 – 395 ug/dL

Ages 20 – 29: 65 – 380 ug/dL

Ages 30 – 39: 45 – 270 ug/dL

Ages 40 – 49: 32 – 240 ug/dL

Ages 50 – 59: 26 – 200 ug/dL

Ages 60 – 69: 13 – 130 ug/dL

Ages 69 and older: 17 – 90 ug/dL

For males the results should be:

Ages 18 – 19: 108 – 441 ug/dL

Ages 20 – 29: 280 – 640 ug/dL

Ages 30 – 39: 120 – 520 ug/dL

Ages 40 – 49: 95 – 530 ug/dL

Ages 50 – 59: 70 – 310 ug/dL

Ages 60 – 69: 42 – 290 ug/dL

Ages 69 and older: 28 – 175 ug/dL

HIGHER THAN NORMAL LEVELS

Higher than normal levels of DHEA-Sulfate can indicate certain adrenal problems:
Tumors in the adrenals

Cancers in the adrenals

Adrenal hyperplasia
Other adrenal problems
Hormone imbalances

LOWER THAN NORMAL LEVELS

Lower than normal levels of DHEA-Sulfate can indicate:
Adrenal problems
Hypopituitarism