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20 Apr 2006

HCG Qualitative
Hi There.

I went to Lancet this morning for a pregnancy test & the lady did the test there while I waited. she put the blood in a machine to separate it & then put the serum into a white test thingy which looked similar to a home pregnancy test.

What I want to know is how accurate are these tests? And what is the level of HCG that these tests are supposed to detect?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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01 Jan 0001

A qualitative urine or blood hCG test is ordered as early as 10 days after a missed menstrual period if a woman wishes to confirm whether or not she is pregnant. This test is routinely used to diagnose pregnancy and is acurate.

Tests performed too early in the pregnancy, before there is a significant hCG level, may give false-negative results, while blood or protein in the urine may cause false-positive results.
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