Choriocarcinoma

Key Information

Appropriate Tests

Choriocarcinoma may follow a normal pregnancy, spontaneous abortion or, in particular, a molar pregnancy.

Choriocarcinoma may also occur in a germ cell tumour. Choriocarcinoma most commonly originates in the testis or ovary however primary sites may also be extra gonadal.

Human chorionic gonadotrophin (beta subunit), see Beta HCG quantitation.

Marked elevation of beta HCG in a patient with a malignant teratoma (eg, testis) suggests the presence of an element of choriocarcinoma.

Biopsy of endometrial, testicular, ovarian, mediastinal or metastatic lesion.