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The need for a quantitative urine hCG assay.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19026624     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: The USA uniquely does not use quantitative urine human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) tests despite being invaluable in pregnancy testing and in monitoring cancer patients. We look at current hCG tests and their detection of the degraded forms of hCG predominant in urine. We examine levels of urinary hCG, its usefulness in pregnancy testing, and advantages of urine testing in false positive hCG cases and cancer cases. METHODS: hCG assays were blindly evaluated at 10 laboratories running different methodologies. Daily urine samples from 164 women were collected through 5 menstrual cycles or until pregnancy was achieved. Urines were assayed for total hCG. We also examined the use of quantitative urine hCG in confirming false positive serum hCG results in 80 clinical cases. RESULTS: Only the Siemens Immulite test was shown to detect the degraded forms of hCG present in urine. This test equally recognized urine and serum hCG. We investigated background hCG in 9026 urines, the mean hCG level was 0.04 IU/L, and the 99th centile was 1.4 IU/L. In cycles where pregnancy was achieved, hCG could be detected in urine at 24.6 days of a 28.7 day menstrual cycle. At this time, the average hCG was 6.02 IU/L, setting a sensitivity level for quantitative urine hCG tests to detect pregnancy. Quantitative urinary hCG proved critical in detecting cancer in 3 of 80 cases complicated by false positive serum hCG. CONCLUSIONS: The need for a quantitative urine hCG assay is undeniable and we invite manufacturers to produce a quantitative urine hCG test.
Laurence A Cole; Sarah A Khanlian
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-11-06
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinical biochemistry     Volume:  42     ISSN:  1873-2933     ISO Abbreviation:  Clin. Biochem.     Publication Date:  2009 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-04-13     Completed Date:  2009-06-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0133660     Medline TA:  Clin Biochem     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  676-83     Citation Subset:  IM    
USA hCG Reference Service, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87104, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Chorionic Gonadotropin / urine*
Pregnancy Tests / methods*
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Chorionic Gonadotropin

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