Hormone Testing from Dried Blood Spot

Highly Specific and Sensitive Mass Spectrometry Detection.

 The major diagnostic Advantages of Dried Blood Spot from Capillary Puncture (DBS) over Venous (Serum) blood draw:

  1. Capillary blood draws are easier and can be performed by the subject.
  2. Capillary blood draws eliminate the need for a phlebotomist who will collect blood from the subject and process it for downstream analysis.
  3. DBS collected is simpler to handle, especially in remote or at home settings.
  4. Our lab developed hormone test shows 100% correlation between Venipuncture and Finger-Prick Blood Results.
  5. DBS is easier and more economical to transport

Cortisol

A steroid hormone that affects almost every organ in the body and is made by the adrenal glands. It plays an important role in responding to stress, fighting infection, regulating blood sugar, maintaining blood pressure and regulating metabolism.

Classification:

1. Metabolism
2. Immune System
3. Sleep
4. Nervous System
5. Stress

Cortisol test is used for:

1- Diagnose with Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that causes the body to produce too much cortisol and is characterized by:

a. Obesity, especially in the torso
b. High Blood Pressure
c. High Blood Sugar
d. Muscle Weakness
e. Purple streaks on the stomach
f. Skin Bruising Easily
g. Women with irregular menstrual periods and excess hair on the face

2- Diagnose with Addison disease, a condition that causes the body to produce not enough cortisol and is characterized by:

a. Weight loss
b. Fatigue
c. Muscle weakness
d. Abdominal pain
e. Dark patches of skin
f. Low blood pressure
g. Nausea and vomiting
h. Diarrhea
i. Decreased body hair

Testosterone

An endogenous steroid hormone produced by the gonads and adrenal glands. It is the primary hormone that stimulates the development of male secondary sexual characteristics. Its main role in females is an estrogen precursor. The majority of testosterone in the blood is bound to sex hormone-binding globulin however the active and bioavailable form of the hormone is free, which is detected by this method.

Classification:

1. Gonads
2. Metabolism
3. Mood
4. Prostate

Testosterone test is used for:

1- Diagnose with Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that causes the body to produce too much cortisol and is characterized by:

1- Evaluation of hypogonadism in men.
2- Evaluation of delayed puberty in boys.
3- Monitoring testosterone replacement therapy.
4- Evaluation of women or infants with virilization.
5- Diagnosis of androgen secreting tumors in women.
6- Evaluation of women with testosterone deficiency.

Epitestosterone

A steroid hormone that affects almost every organ in the body and is made by the adrenal glands. It plays an important role in responding to stress, fighting infection, regulating blood sugar, maintaining blood pressure and regulating metabolism.

Classification:

1. Metabolism
2. Immune System
3. Sleep
4. Nervous System
5. Stress

Epitestosterone test is used for:

1- Diagnose with Cushing’s syndrome, a condition that causes the body to produce too much cortisol and is characterized by:

a. Obesity, especially in the torso
b. High Blood Pressure
c. High Blood Sugar
d. Muscle Weakness
e. Purple streaks on the stomach
f. Skin Bruising Easily
g. Women with irregular menstrual periods and excess hair on the face

2- Diagnose with Addison disease, a condition that causes the body to produce not enough cortisol and is characterized by:

a. Weight loss
b. Fatigue
c. Muscle weakness
d. Abdominal pain
e. Dark patches of skin
f. Low blood pressure
g. Nausea and vomiting
h. Diarrhea
i. Decreased body hair

HORMONE PANEL CLASSIFICATION