Postmenopausal pregnancy? Evaluation of elevated hCG in a 59-year-old woman

Academic Article


  • Slightly elevated serum human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) can be a normal finding in postmenopausal women. We report a case of a 59-year-old woman with a history of abnormal uterine bleeding who presented with a concern for pregnancy after developing nausea and vomiting a few weeks after unprotected intercourse. Although pregnancy was extremely unlikely, hCG was obtained in order to reassure the patient since she reported that her mother conceived at the age of 60. Serum hCG was positive, prompting concern for malignancy versus pregnancy. Stable serum hCG levels, elevated follicle-stimulating hormone and negative transvaginal ultrasound ruled out both malignancy and pregnancy. Positive serum pregnancy test and hCG elevation was attributed to normal postmenopausal state.
  • Published In

  • BMJ Case Reports  Journal
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 7951312
  • Author List

  • Basham MM; Bryan T
  • Volume

  • 2017