Beta-hCG, CSF Quantitative (Tumor Marker)

Sunquest Code:HCGCSF  
Epic Code:LAB6749Epic Name:Beta-hCG, CSF Quant Tumor Marker
Synonyms:Beta hCG
Methodology:Electrochemiluminescent immunoassay
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Mon-Sat; results are reported within 1 day.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved or cleared this test; however, FDA clearance or approval is not currently required for clinical use. The results are not intended to be used as the sole means for clinical diagnosis or patient management decisions.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:0.5 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.3 mL
Container:Sterile tube
Causes for Rejection:Any other body fluid.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Do not process. Store in refrigerator.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:5 days at room temperature; 2 weeks refrigerated; 1 year frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:20730


Reference Range:0-3 IU/L Reference range for patients less than 18 years of age is not provided by the reference laboratory.
Use:Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a valuable aid in the management of patients with trophoblastic tumors, nonseminomatous testicular tumors, and seminomas when used in conjunction with information available from the clinical evaluation and other diagnostic procedures. Increased hCG concentrations have also been observed in melanoma, carcinomas of the breast, gastrointestinal tract, lung, and ovaries, and in benign conditions including cirrhosis, duodenal ulcer and inflammatory bowel disease. The result cannot be interpreted as absolute evidence of the presence or absence of malignant disease. The result in not interpretable as a tumor marker in pregnant females.

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