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What does a low alpha fetoprotein level mean?

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Dr. Geoffrey Schnider
Obstetrics and Gynecology 47 years experience
Alphafetoprotein: Very low levels of AFP measured between 16-18 weeks of pregnancy can be associated with chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus, most commonly down's syndrome. Further testing by amniocentesis will rule this out. It may also b a red flag for intrauterine growth restriction and preterm birth. Will need closer observation and testing.

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