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Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin, Tumour Marker

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Overview Brief

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker is a quantitative test to help identify gestational trophoblastic disease or germ cell tumors.

What is Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker?

Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin is a glycoprotein hormone found in the urine and blood of a woman only during pregnancy. However, sometimes the beta- HCG hormone is secreted by cancerous cells and can be used to identify the following conditions: Choriocarcinoma or cancer of the uterus, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, lung cancer, cirrhosis, ulcers and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Presence of hCG in men often indicates testicular cancer.

Why is Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker suggested?

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker is the following cases:

  • Complications in pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding or excessive nausea.
  • Abdominal Bloating or Swelling.
  • Abnormal Weight Loss.
  • Presence of lumps or enlargement in areas like breasts, testicles etc.
  • Other symptoms of cancer.

How is a Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker performed?

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker is a short procedure.

  • A vein is located, often inner arm and the area is cleaned.
  • A needle is used to draw blood from the vein.
  • An adhesive is placed after the sample is drawn.
  • The sample is sent for laboratory testing.

What are the parameters measured in the Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker?

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker detects both alpha and beta units of hCG and their rate of production to identify any cases of a tumor. 

Preparation before performing Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker does not require any fasting.

Post-care after Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker

The Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker does not have any side effects that require treatment or attention.

Sample types in Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker

In a normal pregnancy, the level of hCG increased in constant rate, doubling in amount every 36- 48 hours. However, the presence of hCG in a man or a non- pregnant woman, or abnormal increase in hCG is used to identify the presence of a tumor.

Side Effects of Beta Human Chorionic Gonodotropin Tumor Marker

The drawing of blood might make a few people feel dizzy.

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