Laboratory Test Information Guide

Details for Chorionic Gonadotropin (Quantitative), Plasma/Serum

Test Name: Chorionic Gonadotropin (Quantitative), Plasma/Serum
Alternate Name(s): hCG
Beta hCG
Laboratory: Core
Specimen Type: Adult:
4.5 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Vacutainer tube

0-2 years: 0.5 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Microtainer
2-10 years: 3 mL Light Green top (Li-Heparin) Vacutainer tube

Red, Gold, or Lavender (EDTA) top tubes are also acceptable
Collection Information: Minimum volume of plasma or serum required is 700 ÁL for adult samples or 200 ÁL for pediatric samples.
Test Schedule: As required
Turnaround time from when specimen
is received in testing laboratory:
4 hours
1 hour
Reference Range: Adult male: < 2 IU/L

Non-pregnant pre-menopausal female: < 5 IU/L

Post-menopausal female: ≤ 7 IU/L
Effective Date: 2009-06-04
Revised Date: 2018-03-06
Critical Value:  
Interpretive Comments: Assay detects intact hCG, nicked forms of hCG, the beta-core fragment, and the free beta-subunit of hCG.

May be used for the early detection and monitoring of pregnancy or as a tumour marker for ovarian, placental, testicular, or other tumours.
Special Processing:  
Comments: Biotin may interfere with this test. Samples should not be taken from patients receiving high biotin doses (i.e. > 5 mg/day) until at least 8 hours after the last biotin administration.
Method of Analysis: Roche Electrochemiluminescence
Critical Information Required:  
Storage & Shipment:  
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