Deoxycorticosterone [90973]

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Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes

Preferred Specimen
0.5 mL serum collected in a red-top tube (no gel)

Minimum Volume
0.25 mL

Spin down immediately and pour off into a plastic transport tube.

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 28 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Serum separator tubes (SST) • Moderate hemolysis • Gross hemolysis • Grossly lipemic • Grossly icteric • Animal specimen

Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry

Setup Schedule
Set up: Sun, Tues; Report available: 3-9 days

Reference Range
Adult Male≤16 ng/dL
Adult Female 
  Pre-Menopausal Mid Follicular≤18 ng/dL
  Pre-Menopausal Surge≤23 ng/dL
  Pre-Menopausal Mid Luteal≤19 ng/dL

<30 daysNot establishedNot established
1-11 months≤69≤93
1 year≤66≤100
2 years≤64≤100
3 years≤63≤96
4 years≤63≤89
5 years≤62≤78
6 years≤58≤65
7 years≤51≤53
8 years≤44≤45
9 years≤38≤40
10 years≤31≤35
11 years≤26≤30
12 years≤22≤25
13 years≤20≤21
14 years≤20≤19
15 years≤20≤18
16 years≤20≤18
17 years≤19≤18

Clinical Significance
Deoxycorticosterone (DOC) is a weak mineralocorticoid derived from 21-hydroxylation of progesterone in the adrenal cortex. DOC is a precursor of corticosterone and aldosterone and, like cortisol, is under the primary control of ACTH.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute-San Juan Capistrano, CA
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675-2042

Last Updated: November 29, 2021

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