Beta HCG – tumour marker, serum or plasma

Diagnostic Use

Human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) is a glycoprotein usually produced by placental trophoblast cells in pregnancy. hCG is also produced by some cancers and therefore hCG measurement may be considered a tumour marker in patients with these conditions.

Tumour types that may secrete hCG
- Testicular cancers (seminomas and non-seminonatous tumours)
- Ovarian germ cell tumours
- Gestational trophoblastic tumours (e.g. choriocarcinoma and hydatidiform mole)
- Teratomas


Core Biochemistry

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BHCG - tumour marker, Serum or Plasma
HCG - tumour marker, Serum or Plasma
Tumour Marker - BHCG, Serum or Plasma

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