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A 28-year-old female asked:

Can dehydration cause slightly elevated alpha fetoprotein?

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Dr. Jack Rubin
Nephrology and Dialysis 49 years experience
Dehydration and labs: Dehydration can raise some blood values. Most notably, sodium, chloride, BUN and creatinine are elevated due to less water in the blood. Likewise, Alpha fetoprotein can also be elevated and you would have to see how how the elevation is and how the severe the patient's dehydration was at the time the blood sample was taken. Ask the physician who ordered the test for her input.

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