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Blood Test Information

HCG (Germ-cell tumours)
minimum sample volume required ~ 5ml

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Test Code: AFT

Tube type: SST

Special instructions

Time limit for add on
Three days post collection

Reference ranges
Non-pregnant, pre-menopausal women: <5
Post-menopausal women: <8
Men: <3


Linked to
AFP/HCG (teratoma)

Turnaround Time
2 days

Department: Biochemistry

Clinical Application
hCG can be produced by trophoblast tumors, germ cell tumors with trophoblastic components and some non-trophoblastic tumors. Human chorionic gonadotropin consists of a number of iso-hormones having the same biological activity but with differing molecular size. Elevated hCG concentrations are found in pregnancy and in diseases such as tumors of the ovaries, bladder, pancreas, stomach, lungs and liver.


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