HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin), also called the pregnancy hormone, is made by cells formed in the placen- ta, which nourish the egg after it has been fertilized and becomes attached to the uterine.
As hCG appears shortly after conception both in serum and urine, the increase in concentration during the early stages of pregnancy provides this hormone as a perfect marker for the early determination of pregnancy. The measurement of hCG levels is important for identifying a normal pregnancy and pathologic pregnancy and can also be helpful following an aborted pregnancy.
HCG is a glycoprotein with 46 kDa molecular mass com- posed of 2 subunits: alpha (ahCG) and beta (βhCG) units. The beta subunit is unique to the hCG protein and is bigger than the alpha subunit, while the alpha subunit is identi- cal to that for luteinizing hormone (LH), follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH), and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH).
Turklab’s hCG Pregnancy Cassette Test is a rapid, immu- nochromatographic assay for the qualitative detection of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) hormone in human urine/serum to indicate pregnancy for professional use.
• Has been standardized to WHO International Standard.
• There is no Hook Effect (Measurement range up to 200.000 mIU hCG/mL)
• Accurate results with both urine and serum samples.
• Sensitivity: 99,28%
• Specificity: 100%