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Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (HCG)

Human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) is a glycoprotein hormone produced by trophoblastic tissue. This is found in the placenta in normal pregnancy, in choriocarcinoma and in trophoblastic elements in germ cell tumours. HCG consists of two subunits (alpha and beta). When HCG is used as a tumour marker it is important that both free beta subunit and intact HCG are measured.
HCG is used to diagnose, monitor or detect recurrent disease in germ cell tumours. 
Sample Requirements and Reference Ranges
Sample type  Serum
Container  SST
Precautions  None
Minimum volume  2 mL
Reference range

 As tumour marker ≤ 5 U/L

Turnaround time  1 day
Method  Abbott Architect
Quality Assurance
Last Updated: 10 July 2020