BETA-HUMAN CHORIONIC GONADOTROPIN, SERUM (BHC)
: BHC, HCG
: Chemiluminescent Immunoassay
: Males 0-70 yrs: < 2.0 mIU/mL; Females 0-55 yrs: < 5.0 mIU/mL
: Red top tube (no gel)
: 1 microtainer
: 5 mL
: 1 mL
: Room temperature: 8 hours; Refrigerated: 1 week; Frozen: 1 year
Reasons for Rejection
: Incorrect specimen
: STAT: 1 hour; Routine: 2 hours after receiving in lab
: The Beta-hCG may be used to diangose and monitor pregnancy as well as to aid in diagnosis and monitoring gestational trophoblastic disease. This test can also be used to monitor patients with hCG secreting tumors.
: It is important to use the same beta-hCG assay for serial monitoring as they are not standardized across platforms.
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