Pregnancy tests with end-stage renal disease

  • Fahy B
  • Gouzd V
  • Atallah J
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Abstract

Tests to ascertain pregnancy status are often obtained during preoperative evaluation, especially when there is a history of uncertain pregnancy or suggestion of current pregnancy. A serum pregnancy test, a beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG) level, was preoperatively obtained from a woman of childbearing age with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) with an unreliable history of irregular menstruation coupled with unprotected sexual activity. The β-HCG was elevated in the range indicating pregnancy. Further work-up showed that this hormonal elevation was secondary to ESRD without pregnancy. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Beta-human chorionic gonadotropin (β-HCG)
  • End-stage renal disease
  • Preoperative evaluation
  • Serum pregnancy test

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Authors

  • Brenda G. Fahy

  • Valerie A. Gouzd

  • Joseph N. Atallah

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