Item Value
Test name Human Chorionic Gonadotropin for Pregnancy, serum, < 18 year old (Pediatric)
Available Stat? Yes, for ectopic R/O only
Turn around times STAT 1 hour, Routine same or next day.
In House Availability
Parnassus 24 hrs per day, 7 days a week
Mt. Zion 0700-2300, 7 days a week
Performed by Parnassus, Mission Bay & Mt. Zion Chemistry
Normal range
Normal (Non-pregnant) < 5 IU/L


Representative hCG ranges during normal pregnancy are summarized below and are based on values previously reported by the assay manufacturer for the method employing the WHO 3rd IS and that have been adjusted to reflect the increased levels in the new method employing the WHO 5th IS.

0.2-1 weeks 5-65 IU/L
1-2 weeks 65-650 IU/L
2-3 weeks 130-6500 IU/L
3-4 weeks 650-13,000 IU/L
4-5 weeks 1300-65,000 IU/L
5-6 weeks 13,000-130,000 IU/L
6-8 weeks 19,500-260,000 IU/L
8-12 weeks 13,000-130,000 IU/L
Container type Gold top or Lt Green top
Amount to Collect 1 mL blood
Collection Instructions Be sure that you are selecting the appropriate test for pediatric vs. adult patients. Two tests are offered so that the results can be appropriately filtered to appear in MyChart.
Sample type Serum or plasma

If you have additional questions regarding this test, please call: 415-353-1667