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* HCG, Serum or Plasma, Quantitative, Female Only

Mnemonic

HCGQ

Synonym

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

Specimen Collection Requirements

Collect

Serum or Plasma, one 5.0 mL gold (SST), 7.0 mL red or 3.0 mL mint green top (lithium heparin, PST) top tube

Supply Item Number - 101235 , 101192 or 147641

 

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
  • Specimens that have been frozen and thawed more than once

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

Do not freeze/thaw specimens more than once.


Testing Information

Performed

7 days/week

Reported

24 hours

Method

Chemiluminescence Immunoassay

Reference Values

Reference Values

NON-PREGNANT FEMALE : 0-5 mIU/mL

PREGNANT FEMALE: Vary by gestational age (see table).

Intervals for HCG in Pregnancy*

Gestational Age (weeks)


HCG (mIU/mL)

After Fertilization

After LMP

2

4

6-120

3

5

240-3,600

4

6

12,000-96,000

5-12

7-14

108,000-597,000

13-24

15-26

6,000-96,000

26-38

27-40

3,600-18,000

*Previous intervals for hCG in pregnancy taken from Tietz were increased by 20% to accommodate new reagent formulation. Interpret with caution. (Reference: Tietz Texbook of Clinical Chemistry, 4th Ed, 2006, pg 2261)

CPT Codes

84702

Last Updated: Thursday, February 11, 2021 09:15:09 PM


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