HCG, Total, Quantitative


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. 

HCG, Total, Quantitative


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  • Fasting Required: NO
  • Preferred Specimen: Serum
  • 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
    Non-pregnant or Premenopausal <5 mIU/mL
    Postmenopausal <10 mIU/mL
  • Turnaround Time: 3 Days
  • Test Code: 8396