Total HCG, Quantitative (hCG)

Mint Green Plasma Separator Tube

Tube Type

Test ID   LAB143
EPIC Order
CPT Code(s)   84702
Group/Individual Test   Individual
Laboratory   Core
Tube Station   Routine: 30; STAT: 888
Specimen Routine: 1 ml blood/Li Heparin plasma separator tube/ Also acceptable serum (Gold SST/Red Top Tube)
  micro: 200µL blood/mint green top bullet/gold top/red top



<4 hrs is recommended

Room Temp: <8 hrs
Refrigerated: <48 hours
Frozen: <30 days

Availability 24 hrs/day
Turnaround Time   STAT: 1 hour; Routine: 2 hours
Reference Range:
Total hCG Female (mIU/mL)
Non-Pregnant 1.5-4.2
Post- and Peri-menopausal 1.8-10.1

Heterophilic antibodies may cause interference. 
Serum hCG increases with age in nonpregnant women. A cutoff of 14.0 IU/L should be used when interpreting hCG results in women >55 yrs. Pregnancy is unlikely in perimenopausal women 41-55 yrs with an hCG between 5.0 and 14.0 IU/L if serum FSH is >20.0IU/L.  
During pregnancy, hCG increases exponentially for 8-10 weeks after conception and begins falling at approximately 12 weeks. Week-to-week hCG levels during pregnancy show significant overlap and are not a reliable means of determining gestational age.

Reviewed by jcayless on December 21, 2021

Note: Reference ranges provided on this web site are for guidance only, and may not reflect the most recent changes. Refer to laboratory reports for current reference data.

UNC Hospitals
McLendon Clinical Laboratories
101 Manning Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27514