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What is the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test?
The dihydrotestosterone (DHT) or 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone is an androgenic hormone responsible for the development of sexual organs before birth in males and secondary sexual characteristics like the growth of facial hair, high blood pressure, hair loss from the temple and crown, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and an increase in libido. In females, an increased level of DHT may result in the development of facial hair, acne, abnormal changes in the genital organs, and amenorrhea. A blood test can be analysed to measure the level of DHT.
When is the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test recommended?
It is recommended:
To monitor prostate cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or 5-alpha-reductase inhibitor therapy.
To diagnose the reasons for the delay or premature (precocious) puberty in boys.
The reduced libido in men and women can be investigated in the 5-alpha-dihydrotestosterone test.
Though there are many reasons for infertility, the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone test is performed to validate infertility. This is used to evaluate erectile dysfunction in men.
To speculate on hirsutism and virilization in girls and women. In the case of hypothalamus or pituitary disorders, the test is imperative.
What does it measure?
The 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test:
Analyses the amount of dihydrotestosterone in the blood. DHT is a hormone derived from testosterone and is directly linked to male and female baldness, sexual development at puberty, acne, and prostate enlargement or cancer.
This test monitors the amount of 5-alpha-DHT in the blood, which is responsible for male characteristics, such as facial hair, deep voice, and the growth of genitals. High levels of 5-alpha-DHT in males are associated with prostate cancer, slow healing of wounds, coronary heart disease, and male pattern baldness.
In females, this can lead to excessive facial hair growth and troubled menstruation. On the contrary, low levels of 5-alpha-DHT may lead to ambiguous or incomplete genital development and enlarged breasts in males.
Higher levels of 17-hydroxyprogesterone can indicate a condition called congenital adrenal hyperplasia (CAH).
How long will the reports take?
You will get the reports within 5 days after the collection of the blood sample.
What is the cost of the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test in Bangalore?
The cost of the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test in Bangalore is Rs. 2,700.
How often should I get tested for the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test?
The 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test is prescribed by your doctor after completing the assessment of your conditions.
What are the normal values of the 5-alpha dihydrotestosterone (5-alpha-DHT) test?
Male: 112–955 pg/ml
Female: <300 pg/ml
What is the type of sample required?
This test requires a blood sample.
What time should I get the test done?
This test can be taken at any time during the day.
Is fasting required for a 5 alpha dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha -DHT) test?
Fasting is not required for this test.
Any other precautions to be taken before getting myself tested for a 5 alpha dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha -DHT) test?
There are no specific precautions for this test.
How can I book a 5 alpha dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha -DHT) test in Bangalore?
Log into www.orangehealth.in and submit your details. Our highly trained, professional, and vaccinated eMedics will be at your doorstep within 60 minutes or at the time slot booked by you.
Why should I book a 5 alpha dihydrotestosterone (5 alpha -DHT) test with Orange Health in Bangalore?
Orange Health is the fastest diagnostic lab. With us, you can get tested at home within 60 minutes of placing an order anywhere in Bangalore. Our trained, professional, and vaccinated e Medic will be at your doorstep at the time selected by you. Your sample is safely transported at the optimal temperature to our NABL accredited and ICMR approved lab. The results will be delivered to you faster too!
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