Anabolic steroids

Specimen:

Random urine.

If the test has legal implications the collection, transfer and storage of the specimen must be done according to a defined protocol to establish a chain of custody.

Method:

GCMS.

If the test has legal implications the laboratory must be registered with the appropriate authority.

Reference Interval:

Not detected.

Application:

Detection of covert anabolic steroid use.

Interpretation:

Anabolic steroids may be detected in urine for days to weeks after the last dose, depending on the individual drug and the amount taken.

Some anabolic steroids are metabolised extensively and identification is based on a metabolite rather than the parent drug.

Reference:

Kicman AT et al. Ann Clin Biochem 2003; 40: 321-356.