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* HCG, SERUM OR PLASMA, QUALITATIVE

Mnemonic

HCGP

Synonym

Total Beta-Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – Total β-hCG – HCG Qual – Pregnancy Test

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 5.0 mL gold (SST), 7.0 mL red or 5.0 mL mint green top (lithium heparin, PST) top tube

Handling

Allow serum to clot completely at room temperature (minimum: SST - 30 minutes and red top tubes - 60 minutes). Centrifuge and separate serum or plasma from cells ASAP. If samples are frozen, thaw only once before testing.

Preferred Volume

1.0 mL Serum/Plasma

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL Serum/Plasma (1.2 mL minimum whole blood draw)

Transport

Refrigerated (2-8°C)

Rejection Criteria

Grossly hemolyzed specimens

Stability

AFTER SEPARATION FROM CELLS:
PLASMA: Room Temperature (18-26°C): 8 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 48 hours; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 6 months
SERUM: Room Temperature (18-26°C): 8 hours; Refrigerated (2-8°C): 7 days; Frozen (≤ -20°C): 6 months

Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

8 hours

Method

Chemiluminescent Immunoassay

Reference Values

Reference Values

Interpretation provided.

CPT Codes

84703

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2017 03:41:09 AM


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