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Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) (Endocrine Sciences)
Expected Turnaround Time
5 - 10 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
Serum (preferred) or plasma, frozen
0.5 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)
Red-top tube, gel-barrier tube, lavender-top (EDTA) tube, or green-top (heparin) tube
Separate serum or plasma from cells within one hour of collection. Send serum or plasma in plastic transport tube. Transfer specimen to a plastic transport tube before freezing. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.
Dihydrotestosterone and dihydrotestosterone/ratio may be used for differential diagnosis of diseases of sexual differentiation (DSD). DHT levels may be inappropriately low compared to testosterone levels in 5a-reductase deficiency. It is recommended by guidelines to measure the ratio of testosterone to DHT.
DHT levels may also be monitored to follow the effectiveness of 5a-reductase inhibitor treatment in female alopecia.
This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by LabCorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the Food and Drug Administration.
High-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC) with tandem mass spectrometry
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