Name: HCG, Qualitative
Test Name: HCG, Qualitative
Health Link Test Code: SPREG
LIS Test Code: SPREG
CPT Code(s): 84703
For qualitative detection of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG) in serum samples.
Days Performed: Daily, 24 hours.
In-Lab Turnaround Time: 4 hours.
Stat In-Lab Turnaround Time: 1 hour.
Collection Container: Red top
Also Acceptable: Red cap with yellow ring (SST)
Collection Volume: 4 mL
Pediatric Collection Volume: 1 mL
2 days; freeze if not assayed within 2 days
Only one freeze/thaw cycle allowed.
Sample Analyzed: Serum
Testing Volume: 1 mL
Pediatric Testing Volume: 0.2 mL
Centrifuge. Transfer cell-free serum to clear plastic vial. Refrigerate.
Transport specimen to laboratory. Transport to hospital laboratory with coolant pack if coming from clinic location.
Reported as either Negative or Positive.
The kit detects concentrations of 10 mIU hCG/mL or greater.
A test result that is positive should be interpreted in conjunction with other clinical and laboratory data. While pregnancy is the most likely reason for the presence of hCG in urine, other clinical conditions that produce hCG include menopause, ectopic pregnancies, subclinical abortions, gestational trophoblastic disease and malignancies which produce hCG ectopically.