A 34-year-old member asked:
What alpha fetoprotein level would suggest hepatocellular carcinoma?
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Dr. Juan Peschieraanswered
General Surgery 41 years experience
Alfa feto protein : Normally in the upper hundreds or thousands as i recall.
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Surgical Oncology 27 years experience
Depends : AFP is not particularly sensitive as it can be elevated in patients with viral hepatitis and no cancer and normal in patients with cancer. We use a cut off of approximately 200 to raise suspicion for hcc in patients with liver disease. In patients with a lesion in the liver and no underlying liver disease, any elevation in AFP above normal would likely be hcc.
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Last updated Oct 3, 2016
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