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A 32-year-old female asked about a female:

Mom has high ca 19-9 (58.7), pancreatic ct scan clear. lifelong sle (lupus), but also new benign adrenal adenoma. can this explain high tumor marker?

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Dr. Magdy Shaaban
Hematology and Oncology 42 years experience
Tumor marker: tumor markers like ca19-9 should not be used for diagnosis..they only good for follow up after diagnosis was made by tissue biopsy.use of tumor markers as screening may subject the patients to unnecessary testings which could lead to unnecessary complications .
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