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What can cause an elevated alpha fetoprotein level?

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Dr. Peter Baumann
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Different diseases: In pregnancy, elevated alpha fetoprotein levels in a woman's serum can indicate fetal abnormalities, like neural tube defects (spina bifida) or ventral wall defects like omphalocele. Outside pregnancy the levels can be elevated in liver cancer or cancer of the germ cells (ovary, testes).
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