HCG Tumor Marker, Serum

Abbrev Code:HCGTM   
Order Code:LAB752Order Name:HCG Tumor Marker
Synonyms:Chorionic Gonadotropin; Beta-hCG; Beta HCG; BHCG; HCGTM
Methodology:Chemiluminescent immunoassay
CPT Codes: 84702 x1
Turnaround Time:Performed Mon-Fri; results are reported the same day.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:1 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.4 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel)
Alternate Containers: Red (no gel)
Causes for Rejection:Samples not separated from cells within 2 hours of collection.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Within 2 hours of collection, centrifuge and aliquot 0.3 mL, 0.12 mL minimum. Store at refrigerated temperature for up to 7 days, otherwise freeze.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature. Alternatively, ship on dry ice.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab UM Specialty Core/Prot/Endo (Immulite H) 


Critical Range:
Reference Range:0-5 IU/L for healthy non-pregnant person. The Siemens Immulite 2000 HCG chemiluminescent immunoassay method is used. Results obtained with different assay methods or kits cannot be used interchangeably.
Use:Useful in the diagnosis and management of testicular tumors. High levels may be found with choriocarcinoma, embryonal cell carcinoma, ectopic pregnancy, chorioadenoma destruens, and hydatidiform mole. The assay measures both intact hCG and free beta subunits.

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