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A 30-year-old female asked:

Why would my doctor order me to have cea, ldh, afp,ca125, tests done for my 7cm multi loculated ovarian cyst. they couldn't see either ovary on t/scan?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Tumor markers: These tests are tumor markers -- blood tests that help determine the risk of cancer. Based on the appearance of the complex ovarian cyst the doctor must have felt that these tests were warranted to help determine the next steps in management. Schedule a follow up visit when the results come back to go over the plan of care in detail.
Dr. Matt Wachsman
Internal Medicine 36 years experience
These are elevated w: cancer. If they are elevated there is a strong need to have a biopsy. if they are negative less of a reason.
Dr. Rahil Malik
Obstetrics and Gynecology 10 years experience
Tumor markers: An ultrasound is a better diagnostic tool in assessing ovarian cysts. If they saw a cyst, the next step is to see if there are any abnormal biological markers that can suggest presence of malignancy. If abnormal, this would allow you to be referred to a gynecology-oncologist for further treatment

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Last updated Oct 27, 2015

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