Detection of human chorionic gonadotrophin misuse in sports.

International journal of sports medicine

PubMedID: 9657371

Delbeke FT, Van Eenoo P, De Backer P. Detection of human chorionic gonadotrophin misuse in sports. Int J Sports Med. 1998;19(4):287-90.
The peptide hormone human chorionic gonadotrophin (hCG) was measured in the urine of 5663 male athletes collected for doping analysis in Flanders during the period 1993-1996. Using the Abbott IMx hCG procedure, the free and whole molecule associated beta-subunit of human chorionic gonadotrophin was determined. Statistical evaluation of the data results in a far outside value of 2.28 mIU/ml. The decision limit, i.e. the concentration at which a sportsman will be considered positive, is set at 5 mIU/ml to ensure with the greatest possible degree of certainty that no false positive results are reported.