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Quantitative hCG blood test: purpose, procedure and risks

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06/05/14

A quantitative human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) test measures the specific level of HCG in the blood. HCG is a hormone produced in the body during pregnancy.

The hCG quantitative test is performed to:

confirm pregnancy

determine the age of the fetus

diagnose abnormal pregnancies, such as ectopic pregnancy

diagnose a potential miscarriage

screen for Down syndrome

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