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Why Non-Pregnant Men and Women May Be Positive in an hCG Test.

A simple lay explanation of why non-pregnant men and women may be positive in an hCG test.

The USA hCG Reference Service, in its unique experience with 716 cases, has identified or discovered 7 clear reasons why women may be positive in an hCG pregnancy test when not pregnant, and identified or discovered 5 clear reasons why men may be positive in an hCG test. These reasons explain all 716 of 716 cases referred to the USA hCG Reference Service. The USA hCG Reference Service, through its 13 years of operation has seen women with positive hCG tests due to –

1. quiescent trophoblastic disease (37% of cases)
2. sulfated pituitary hCG (27% of cases) 
3. false positive hCG test (18% of cases)
4. non-trophoblastic cancer (9.0% of total cases)
5. gestational trophoblastic neoplasm (4.1% of total cases)
6. familial hCG syndrome (4.1% of total cases) 
7. Munchausen’s syndrome (0.8% of cases) 

It is noteworthy that only diagnosis 4 and 5 (13.1% of total) are serious ailments, needing chemotherapy treatment. Condions 1,2,3,6 and 7 need no physical treatment.

Similarly among male cases positive for hCG are due to –

1. false positive hCG test (35% of cases)
2. testicular germ cell malignancy (19% of total cases)
3. familial hCG syndrome (18% of total cases)
4. non-trophoblastic cancer (16% of total cases)
5. doping or promoting steroids (12% of total cases)

Please click on these hyperlinks and learn about these conditions and how they cause elevated hCG levels. Quiescent trophoblastic disease (the #1 cause in women) and Familial hCG Syndrome (#6 cause) are new discoveries made by the USA hCG Reference Service (see home page G. Dr. Cole’s Pertinent Publications).