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Androstenedione A4 Serum Test

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Androstenedione A4 Serum test measures the amount of androstenedione in the blood.

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    AndrostenedioneA4Serum levels are measured to

    • Help evaluate adrenal gland function
    • Detect adrenal tumors or cancers
    • Help determine the cause of development of certain male characters in females (facial hair)
    • To evaluate androgen production and function of ovaries in women or testicular function in men

Your doctor would recommend this test for a woman if he sees the signs of infertility or excessive male androgens. The symptoms include:

  • Deep voice
  • Excess Acne
  • Hirsutism: excess facial and/or body hair
  • Irregular menstrual cycle
  • Male pattern baldness
  • Strong defined muscles

Androstenedione is an androgen, one of several "male" sex hormones that are responsible for the sexual differentiation between males and females, by development of certain male characteristics such as hoarse voice and facial hair. Though it is considered to be a "male" sex hormone, it is present in males and females both- and is a precursor to more potent androgens, such as testosterone, or converted into the female hormone estrogen. This test quantifies the androstenedione in the blood.

Reference Values Of Androstenedione A4 Serum Test

Your doctor will interpret the report based on age, gender or medical history

Adult males: 65-210 ng/dL (2.27-7.33 nmol/L)

Adult Females: 80-240 ng/dL (2.79-8.38 nmol/L)

Interpretations

A normal androstenedione level, along with normal results obtained for androgen levels and other normal adrenal tests, indicate a properly functioning adrenal gland.

An elevated level of androstenedione indicated augmented adrenal, ovarian or testicular activity. Small fluctuations in concentration are usually normal. An increased level may indicate an adrenal tumor, adrenal cancer, adrenal hyperplasia, or congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH). An increased level is does not lead to definite diagnosis and indicates further specific testing to pinpoint the fundamental cause.

A low level of androstenedione may be attributed to adrenal gland dysfunction, adrenal insufficiency, or to ovarian or testicular failure.

In those with CAH who are being treated with glucocorticoid steroids, normal levels of androstenedione tend to be a measure of success of the treatment in suppressing excess androgen production, while elevated levels indicate the need for treatment modulation.

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Androstenedione A4 Serum Test

1960