Title: Performance of qualitative urinary hCG assays
Authors: Nickmans, S *
Vermeersch, Pieter *
Van Eldere, Johan
Billen, Jaak # ×
Issue Date: Aug-2014
Publisher: Acta clinica belgica
Series Title: Acta Clinica Belgica vol:69 issue:4 pages:277-279
Article number: 10.1179/0001551214Z.00000000069
Abstract: Significant differences in the sensitivity of eight frequently used qualitative urine human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) tests in Belgium were observed in this study. Although most manufacturers claimed to detect hCG levels as low as 25 mIU/ml, only two out of six tests for home use and one out of two tests for professional use only, achieved the claimed detection limit. According to a survey, we performed among 20 acute care hospitals, 80% of the surveyed hospitals claimed to use these types of hCG analysis in a diagnostic setting. Unsatisfactory performance of these point-of-care testing (POC) assays for urinary hCG could have major consequences in a hospital setting, exposing the early pregnant woman to harmful diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Although qualitative urine hCG tests are rapid and convenient, determination of hCG in blood remains the gold standard for the diagnosis of pregnancy.
ISSN: 1784-3286
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Cardiology
Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology
Clinical and Experimental Endocrinology
* (joint) first author
× corresponding author
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