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Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), TOTAL, Quantitative

 
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Description
 

CPT Code(s)

84702

Methodology

Immunoassay (IA)

Limitations

Heterophilic antibodies may produce low false-positive results; urinary hCG is negative if "phantom" hCG is suspected. Pituitary secretion may be a source of low level hCG in post menopausal women

Reference Range(s)

Male<5 mIU/mL
Female
Non-pregnant or Premenopausal<5 mIU/mL
Postmenopausal<10 mIU/mL

Values from different assay methods may vary. The use of this assay to monitor or to diagnose patients with cancer or any condition unrelated to pregnancy has not been cleared or approved by the FDA or the manufacturer of the assay.

Clinical Significance

hCG may reach detectable limits within 7-10 days of conception. hCG is produced by the placenta and reaches a peak between the 7th and 10th week of gestation. hCG is a glycoprotein hormone produced by the syncytiotrophoblast of the placenta and secreted during normal pregnancy and with pathologic conditions such as hydatidiform mole, choriocarcinoma and testicular neoplasm. Order hCG, Total, Qualitative, Urine, if hCG serum result is inconsistent with clinical presentation.

Test FAQ

Serum Pregnancy Tests

Alternative Name(s)

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG),Chorionic Gonadotropin


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